Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending vespers before going to my mostly-usual Tuesday confessional visit. I was able to grab the Vespers hymn for Lent from my handy-dandy Breviarium Meum app!
O kind Creator, bow thine ear
To mark the cry, to know the tear
Before thy throne of mercy spent
In this thy holy fast of Lent.
Our hearts are open, Lord, to thee:
Thou knowest our infirmity;
Pour out on all who seek thy face
Abundance of thy pardoning grace.
Our sins are many, this we know;
Spare us, good Lord, thy mercy show;
And for the honour of thy name
Our fainting souls to life reclaim.
Give us the self-control that springs
From discipline of outward things,
That fasting inward secretly
The soul may purely dwell with thee.
We pray thee, Holy Trinity,
One God, unchanging Unity,
That we from this our abstinence
May reap the fruits of penitence.
V. For he hath given his angels charge over thee;
R. To keep thee in all thy ways.
(Not doing “On Eagles Wings” here, either!)
It is always so reassuring that although God, through His one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, demands sacrifice during Lent…He provides the Grace to carry on too! He does not do this to be mean – He knows how much we need to squash our lower passions.
Then I got to the concluding prayer. It, like many of the Traditional form, cuts right to the chase:
Let us pray
O Lord, may our prayers come up before thy presence, and do Thou mercifully rid thy Church of all wickedness.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
Then I saw this Vortex episode today (sigh). Keep praying for our leaders, please: