Lenten Reflections 2009

Reflections for the season of Lent 2009.

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February 25, 2009 - Ash Wednesday

“And when you fast, don’t be gloomy like the hypocrites, for they darken their faces in order to appear before men as fasting. Amen I say to you, they receive their reward.” (St. Matthew 6:16)

February 26, 2009 - Thursday after Ash Wednesday

“I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.” (First Article, Apostle’s Creed)

February 27, 2009 - Friday after Ash Wednesday

“And Jesus spoke harshly to him and sent him away at once and said to him, ‘Say nothing to anyone, but go show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded to witness to them.’”

February 28, 2008 - Saturday after Ash Wednesday

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation." (Psalm 91:15-16)

March 1, 2009 - Invocavit (The First Sunday in Lent)

“And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.’” (St. Matthew 4:2)

March 2, 2009 - Monday of the First Week of Lent

“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)

March 3, 2009 - Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

“For He says, ‘In an acceptable time, I listened to you and in a day of salvation, I have helped you.’ Behold now is the acceptable time, behold now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

March 4, 2009 - Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

“He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have, He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends from all danger and protects me from all evil. All this he does out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true.” (First Article, Apostle’s Creed)

March 5, 2009 - Thursday of the First Week of Lent

“But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care that we are dying!’” (St. Mark 4:38)

March 6, 2009 - Friday of the First Week of Lent

"Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." (St. Mark 5:19)

March 7, 2009 - Saturday of the First Week of Lent

“Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving- kindnesses, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!” (Psalm 25:6, 2)

March 8, 2009 - Reminiscere (The Second Sunday in Lent)

“Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you as you want.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (St. Matthew 15:28)

March 9, 2009 - Monday of the Second Week of Lent

“Then He said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn breaks.’ But, Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’” (Genesis 32:26)

March 10, 2009 - Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

“For God has not called us for immorality, but in holiness.”

March 11, 2009 - Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

“I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified and died and was buried. He descended into hell, on the third day He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” (Second Article, Apostle’s Creed)

March 12, 2009 - Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

“And taking him from the crowd by Himself, He put His fingers into his ears, and spit, and touched his tongue, and looking up to heaven, He sighed, and to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is,‘Be opened.’” (St. Mark 7:33-34)

March 13, 2009 - Friday of the Second Week of Lent

“And they began discussing with one another, saying, ‘It is because we have no bread.’” (St. Mark 8:16)

March 14, 2009 - Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

“My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted.” (Psalm 25:15-16)

March 15, 2009 - Oculi (The Third Sunday in Lent)

“But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (St. Luke 10:20)

March 16, 2009 - Monday of the Third Week of Lent

“Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God.’ But Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.” (Exodus 8:19)

March 17, 2009 - Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

“And walk in love, just as also Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:2)

March 18, 2009 - Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

“I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten from the Father from all eternity, and true Man, born of the Virgin Mary is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person...” (Second Article, Apostle’s Creed)

March 19, 2009 - St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus

“When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt...” (St. Matthew 2:14)

March 20, 2009 - Friday of the Third Week of Lent

“And they said to him, ‘Give to us to sit one at your right and one at your left in your glory.’” (St. Mark 10:37)

March 21, 2009 - Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom.” (Isaiah 66:10-11)

March 22, 2009 - Laetare(The Fourth Sunday in Lent)

“And so Jesus took the bread, and giving thanks, He distributed it to those sitting, and likewise the fish, as much as they wanted.”

March 23, 2009 - Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”’” (Exodus 16:11-12)

March 24, 2009 - Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“Tell me, you who want to be under the Law, have you heard the Law?” (Galatians 4:21)

March 25, 2009 - The Annunciation of our Lord

“For with God nothing will be impossible.” (St. Luke 1:37)

March 26, 2009 - Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“Who has redeemed me a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and the power of the devil; not with gold or silver but with His holy precious blood and His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His Kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.” (Explanation of the Second Article, Apostle’s Creed)

March 27, 2009 - Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“But when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the place where it shouldn’t be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea should flee to the mountains.” (St. Mark 13:14)

March 28, 2009 - Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man for You are the God of my strength.” (Psalm 43:1-2)

March 29, 2009 - Judica(The Fifth Sunday in Lent)

“They picked up stones in order to stone Him. Jesus hid Himself and went out of the Temple.” (St. John 8:59)

March 30, 2009 - Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“Then, Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter His Son.” (Genesis 22:10)

March 31, 2009 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“For if by sprinkling, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow makes holy purified flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, make clean your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:13-14)

April 1, 2009 - Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.” (Explanation of the Third Article, Apostle’s Creed)

April 2, 2009 - Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“And they put on Him a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on Him and they began to salute Him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’” (St. Mark 15:18-19)

April 3, 2009 - Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“And when the sixth hour had come, darkness was over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (St. Mark 15:33-34)

April 4, 2009 - Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; My Strength, hasten to help Me! Save Me from the lion's mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen!” (Psalm 22:19, 21)

April 5, 2009 - Palmarum(Palm Sunday)

“And the crowds going before Him and those that followed cried out saying, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” (St. Matthew 21:9)

April 6, 2009 - Monday of Holy Week

“The Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see you have accomplished nothing. See the whole world has gone after Him.’” (St. John 12:19)

April 7, 2009 - Tuesday of Holy Week

“Whoever loves His life will lose it, and whoever loses his life in this world will guard it for eternal life.” (St. John 12:25)

April 8, 2009 - Wednesday of Holy Week

“And the chief priests and scribes were seeking how to murder Him, for they feared the people.” (St. Luke 22:2)

April 9, 2009 - Maundy Thursday

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved y’all, you should love one another.” (St. John 13:34)

April 10, 2009 - Good Friday

“But one of the soliders pierced His side with a spear and immediately blood and water flowed.” (St. John 19:34)

April 11, 2009 - Holy Saturday

“When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

April 12, 2009 - The Resurrection of Our Lord

“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned to Him and said in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means ‘Teacher’)” (St. John 20:16)