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First Sunday of Lent

February 22, 2015

JMJ

Blessed “little Easter”!

Just as every Friday is a “little Good Friday”
(which is why we make some sort of sacrifice every Friday),
so every Sunday is a “little Easter”–even during Lent!
So let today be marked with joy–
a little celebration
in anticipation
of the feast that is to come!

Entrance Antiphon:
When He calls Me, I will answer him;
I will deliver him and give him glory,
I will grant him length of days.

Collect:
Grant, almighty God,
through the yearly observance of holy Lent,
that we may grow in understanding
of the riches hidden in Christ
and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Genesis 9:8-15 (God establishes the rainbow as the sign of His covenant with Noah)
Psalm 25:4-9 “Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth, to those who keep Your covenant”
I Peter 3:18-22 (We’re saved through Baptism as Noah was through the flood)
+Mark 1:12-15 (Jesus’ temptation in the desert & preaching repentance)

The Lord laid down His weapon.
I can see it in the clouds.
It points away
from me
and pierces Him–
an arrow to the Heart
upon the Cross.

And water flows
from this pierced Heart;
Baptismal flood
by which I’m saved
to cry to God
with conscience clear
before the Throne
in which I have believed.

What arrows have I shot into the Heart of God today?

Golden Arrow Prayer
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable,
most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God
be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified
in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth,
by all the creatures of God,
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Amen.
~in 1843, Jesus told Sister Mary of St. Peter, a Carmelite nun, that this prayer would wound His Heart delightfully in reparation for the poisoned arrows of blasphemy that He so often receives.

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