Friday after Ash Wednesday

Note the parts that are repeated daily on the Ash Wednesday Post

Station at Santi Giovanni e Paolo


INTROIT: Psalm 29: 11
The Lord hath heard and hath had mercy upon me: the Lord became my helper. (Ps. 29: 2) I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Repeat The Lord hath heard…

May Thy kindly favor, we beseech Thee, O Lord, accompany the fast we have begun, that we may be able to practise with a single heart the observance which we bodily perform. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, World without end. Amen.

2nd and 3rd Collects as on Ash Wednesday

EPISTLE: Isaias 58: 1-9
Thus saith the Lord God: Shout out loud! Don’t hold back! Raise your voice like a shofar! Proclaim to my people what rebels they are, to the house of Ya’akov their sins. “Oh yes, they seek me day after day and [claim to] delight in knowing my ways. As if they were an upright nation that had not abandoned the rulings of their God, they ask me for just rulings and [claim] to take pleasure in closeness to God, [asking,] ‘Why should we fast, if you don’t see? Why mortify ourselves, if you don’t notice?’ “Here is my answer: when you fast, you go about doing whatever you like, while keeping your laborers hard at work. Your fasts lead to quarreling and fighting, to lashing out with violent blows. On a day like today, fasting like yours will not make your voice heard on high. “Is this the sort of fast I want, a day when a person mortifies himself? Is the object to hang your head like a reed and spread sackcloth and ashes under yourself? Is this what you call a fast, a day that pleases ADONAI? “Here is the sort of fast I want – releasing those unjustly bound, untying the thongs of the yoke, letting the oppressed go free, breaking every yoke, sharing your food with the hungry, taking the homeless poor into your house, clothing the naked when you see them, fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen!” Then your light will burst forth like the morning, your new skin will quickly grow over your wound; your righteousness will precede you, and ADONAI’s glory will follow you. Then you will call, and ADONAI will answer; you will cry, and he will say, “Here I am.” If you will remove the yoke from among you, stop false accusation and slander.

GRADUAL Psalm 26:4
One thing I have asked of the Lord. this will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord. V. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and be protected from His holy temple.

TRACT Psalm 102: 10
O Lord, repay us not according to the sins we have committed, nor according to our iniquities. V. (Ps. 78: 8-9) O Lord, remember not our former iniquities: let Thy mercies speedily prevent us, for we are become exceeding poor. V. (Here all kneel down) Help Us, O Lord our Savior: and for the glory of Thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for Thy name’s sake.

GOSPEL: Matthew 5: 43-48; 6: 1-4
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “You have heard that our fathers were told, `Love your neighbors — and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Then you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun shine on good and bad people alike, and he sends rain to the righteous and the unrighteous alike. What reward do you get if you love only those who love you? Why, even tax-collectors do that! And if you are friendly only to your friends, are you doing anything out of the ordinary? Even the Goyim do that! Therefore, be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. “Be careful not to parade your acts of tzedakah in front of people in order to be seen by them! If you do, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So, when you do tzedakah, don’t announce it with trumpets to win people’s praise, like the hypocrites in the synagogues and on the streets. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already! But you, when you do tzedakah, don’t even let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Then your tzedakah will be in secret; and your Father, who sees what you do in secret, will reward you.

A Homily on the Gospel Passage From Matins for the Day
by St. Jerome the Priest

The Lord hath said unto us : Love your enemies ; do good to them that hate you. Many there be who measure God’s commandments by their own weakness, and not by the strength of his Saints ; and so deem him to have commanded things impossible. Of such are they who think that the best they can do is not to hate their enemies ; and that to command us to love them, is to command more than man’s nature can bear. It behoveth them to know that Christ did not command to do what is impossible, but what is perfect. On this wise it was that David did, in respect to Saul and Absalom. And likewise, the Martyr Stephen prayed for his enemies, even while they were stoning him. And even so Paul could wish that himself, and not his persecutors, were accursed from Christ. On such wise Jesus both taught and did, when he said : Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Again we read : That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven. If he that doeth the commandments of God becometh a son of God, then is he not a son by nature, but by his own choice. Again we read : Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. He that soundeth a trumpet before him, when he doeth alms, is an hypocrite. He that disfigureth his face, when he fasteth, to the end that he may shew the emptiness of his belly by the look of his face, he also is an hypocrite. And he that prayeth in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that he may be seen of men, is an hypocrite.

From all these examples, it is to be concluded that they are hypocrites whose deeds are done to have glory of men. To me it seemeth that he also was an hypocrite which saith unto his brother : Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye. For it would seem that he desired to do this for vainglory’s sake, that is, to appear righteous. Wherefore the Lord saith unto him : Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye. It is not good deeds, but the right motive in our good deeds, which God will reward. If anyone stray even but a little from the straight and narrow way, it is a small matter whether he wander to the right hand or to the left. The great matter is that he hath lost the right way.

OFFERTORY: Psalm 118: 154, 125
Let us pray. Quicken me, O Lord, according to Thy word: that I may know Thy testimonies.

Grant, we pray Thee, O Lord, that the sacrifice of the Lenten observance, which we offer, may both render our souls acceptable and give us the power of a readier self-denial. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, World without end. Amen.

2nd and 3rd Secret as on Ash Wednesday

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: Who by this bodily fast, dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds and bestow on us strength and rewards; through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it.

COMMUNION: Psalm 2: 11, 12
Serve ye the Lord with fear: and rejoice unto Him with trembling. Embrace discipline, lest you perish from the just way.

Pour forth upon us, O Lord, the spirit of Thy love, that by Thy mercy, Thou mayest make those to be of one mind, whom Thous hast fed with the one bread from heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, World without end. Amen.

2nd and 3rd Postcommunion as on Ash Wednesday

Protect Thy people, O Lord, and in Thy mercy cleanse them from all sin; for no harm shall hurt them, if no wickedness be found in them. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, World without end. Amen.

4 Responses to “Friday after Ash Wednesday”

February 21st, 2010 at 11:16 am

I’d forgotten I left some of these Gospel reading in the CJB translation. There is an irony in posting links to your consulting firm’s “good deeds” pages here after a Gospel that condemns such actions… so I let it go forward.