Lenten Reading and Collects

Taken from Lesser Feasts and Fasts

 

Ash Wednesday
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The Collects

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in me a new and contrite hearts, that worthily lamenting my sins and acknowledging my wretchedness, I may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, you have created me out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to me a sign of my mortality and penitence, that I may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen

(This Collect, with the corresponding Psalm and Lessons, may also serves for the weekdays which follow).

The Readings
Psalm 103 or 103:8-14
Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
 

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

The Collect

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and, finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 1
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Luke 9:18-25

Friday after Ash Wednesday

The Collect

Support us, O Lord, with your gracious favor through the fast we have begun; that as we observe it by bodily self-denial, so we may fulfill it with inner sincerity of heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 51:1-10
Isaiah 58:1-9a
Matthew 9:10-17

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth your right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 86:1-11
Isaiah 58:9b-14
Luke 5:27-32
 

First Sunday in Lent

(Note: The Great Litany is traditionally said on this day)

The Collect

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

(Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week are the traditional spring Ember Days.)

 

The Readings

Year A
Psalm 51 or 51:1-13
Genesis 2:4b-9,15-17,25-3:7
Romans 5:12-19(20-21)
Matthew 4:1-11

Year B
Psalm 25 or 25:3-9
Genesis 9:8-17
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-13

Year C
Psalm 91 or 91:9-15
Deuteronomy 26:(1-4)5-11
Romans 10:(5-8a)8b-13
Luke 4:1-13
 

 

Monday in the First Week of Lent

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully increase in us your gifts of holy discipline, in almsgiving, prayer and fasting; that our lives may be directed to the fulfilling of your most gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 19:7-14
Leviticus 19:1-2,11-18
Matthew 25:31-46

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

The Collect

Grant to your people, Lord, grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh ad the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only True God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 34:15-22
Isaiah 55:6-11
Matthew 6:7-15

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

The Collect

Bless us, O God, in this holy season, in which our hearts seek your help and healing; and so purify us by your discipline that we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 51:11-18
Jonah 3:1-10
Luke 11:29-32

Thursday in the First Week of Lent

The Collect

Strengthen us, O Lord, by your grace, that in your might we may overcome all spiritual enemies, and with pure hearts serve you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 138
Esther (Apocrypha) 14:1-6, 12-14
Matthew 7:7-12

Friday in the First Week of Lent

The Collect

Lord Christ, our eternal Redeemer, grant us such fellowship in your sufferings, that filled with your Holy Spirit, we may subdue the flesh to the spirit, and the spirit to you, and at the last attain to the glory of your resurrection; who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 130
Ezekiel 18:21-28
Matthew 5:20-26

Saturday in the First Week of Lent

The Collect

O God, by your Word you marvelously carry out the work of reconciliation: Grant that in our Lenten fast we may be devoted to you with all our hearts, and united with one another in prayer and holy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 119:1-8
Deut 26:16-19
Matthew 5:43-48

Second Sunday in Lent

The Collect

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astry from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings

Year A
Psalm 33:12-22
Genesis 12:1-8
Romans 4:1-5(6-12)13-17
John 3:1-17

Year B
Psalm 16 or 16:5-11
Genesis 22:1-14
Romans 8:31-39
Mark 8:31-38

Year C
Psalm 27 or 27:10-18
Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:(22-30)31-35
 

Monday in the Second Week of Lent

The Collect

Let your Spirit, O Lord, come into the midst of us to wash us with the pure water of repentance, and prepare us to be always a living sacrifice to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Daniel 9:3-10
Psalm 79:1-9
Luke 6:27-38

Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

The Collect

O God, you willed to redeem us from all iniquity by your Son: Deliver us when we are tempted to regard sin without abhorrence, and let the virtue of his passion come between us and our mortal enemy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Isaiah 1:2-4,16-20
Psalm 50:7-15,22-24
Matthew 23:1-12

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

The Collect

O God, you so loved the world that you gave your only begotten Son to reconcile earth with heaven; Grant that we, loving you above all things, may love our friends in you, and our enemies for your sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Jeremiah 18:1-11,18-20
Psalm 31:9-16
Matthew 20:17-28

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

The Collect

O Lord, strong and mighty, Lord of Hosts and King of glory: Cleanse our hearts from sin, keep our hand pure, and turn our minds from what is passing away; so that at the last we may stand in your holy place and receive your blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1
Luke 16:19-31

Friday in the Second Week of Lent

The Collect

Grant, O Lord, that as your Son Jesus Christ prayed for His enemies on the cross, so we may have grace to forgive those who wrongfully or scornfully use us, that we ourselves may be able to receive your forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Genesis 37:3-4,12-28
Psalm 105:16-22
Matthew 21:33-43

Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

The Collect

Grant, most merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Micah 7:14-15,18-20
Psalm 103:1-4 (5-8) 9-12
Luke 15:11-32

Third Sunday in Lent

The Collect

Almighty God, you know that I have no power in myrself to help myself: Keep me both outwardly in my body and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings

Year A
Psalm 95 or 95:6-11
Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-26(27-38)39-42

Year B
Psalm 19:7-14
Exodus 20:1-17
Romans 7:13-25
John 2:13-22

Year C
Psalm 103 or 103:1-11
Exodus 3:1-15
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9
 

 

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

The Collect

Look upon the heart-felt desires of your humble servants, Almighty God, and stretch forth the right hand of your majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
2 Kings 5:1-15b
Psalm 42:1-7
Luke 4:23-30

(Another Proper: The following Lessons may be used on any weekday in the week, especially in Years B and C.:

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95:6-11
John 4:5-26(27-38)39-42)

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

The Collect

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom you have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by your mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings

Song of the Three Young Men 2-4,11-20a (in some Bibles: Daniel 3:25-27, 34-43)
Psalm 25:3-10
Matthew 18:21-35

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

The Collect

Give ear to our prayers, O Lord, and direct the way of your servants in safety under your protection, that, amid all the changes of our earthly pilgrimage, we may be guarded by your mighty aid; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Deuteronomy 4:1-2,5-9
Psalm 78:1-6
Matthew 5:17-19

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

The Collect

Keep watch over you church, O Lord, with your unfailing love; and, since it is grounded in human weakness and cannot maintain itself without your aid, protect it from all danger, and keep it in the way of salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Jeremiah 7:23-28
Psalm 95:6-11
Luke 11:14-23

Friday in the Third Week of Lent

The Collect

Grant us, O Lord our Strength, to have a True Love of your Holy Name; so that, trusting in your grace, we may fear no earthly evil, nor fix our hearts on earthly goods, but may rejoice in your full salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Hosea 14:1-9
Psalm 81:8-14
Mark 12:28-34

Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

The Collect

O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51:15-20
Luke 18:9-14

Fourth Sunday in Lent

The Collect

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give me this bread, that he may live in me, and I in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Year A
Psalm 23
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Ephesians 5:(1-7)8-14
John 9:1-13(14-27)28-38

Year B
Psalm 12
2 Chronicles 36:14-23
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 6:4-15

Year C
Psalm 34 or 34:1-8
Joshua (4:19-24); 5:9-12
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Luke 15:11-32
 

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The Collect

O Lord our God, in your Holy Sacraments you have given us a foretaste of the good things of your kingdom: Direct us, we pray, in the way that leads to eternal life, that we may come to appear before you in that place of light where you dwell forever with your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm 30:1-6,11-13
John 4:43-54

(Another Proper: The following Lessons may be used on any weekday in the week, especially in Years B and C:

Micah 7:7-9
Psalm 27:1,10-18
John 9:1-13(14-27)28-38)
 

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The Collect

O God, with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light: Quench our thirst with living water, and flood our darkened minds with heavenly light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46:1-8
John 5:1-18

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The Collect

O Lord our God, you sustained you people in the wilderness with bread from heaven: Feed now your pilgrim flock with the food that endures to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Isaiah 49:8-15
Psalm 145:8-19
John 5:19-29

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The Collect

Almighty and most merciful God, drive from us all weakness of body, mind and spirit; that, being restored to wholeness, we may with free hearts become what you intend us to be and accomplish what you want us to do; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 106:6-7,19-23
John 5:30-47

Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The Collect

O God, you have given us the good news of your abounding love in your Son Jesus Christ: So fill our hearts with thankfulness that we may rejoice to proclaim the good tidings we have received; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Wisdom 2:1a, 12-24
Psalm 34:15-22
John 7:1-2,10,25-30

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The Collect

Mercifully hear our prayers, O Lord, and spare all those who confess their sins to you; that those whose consciences are accuse by sin may by your merciful pardon be absolved; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 7:6-11
John 7:37-52

Fifth Sunday in Lent

The Collect

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Readings
Year A
Psalm 130
Ezekiel 37:1-3(4-10)11-14
Romans 6:16-23
John 11:(1-17)18-44

Year B
Psalm 51 or 51:11-16
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10
John 12:20-33

Year C
Psalm 126
Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:8-14
Luke 20:9-19
 

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent

The Collect

Be gracious to your people, we entreat you, O Lord, that they, repenting day by day of the things that displease you, may be more and more filled with love of you and of your commandments; and, being supported by your grace in this life, may come to the full enjoyment of eternal life in you everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Susanna (In some Bibles, Daniel 13) 1-9, 15-29,34-62 or verses 41-62
Psalm 23
John 8:1-11 or John 8:12-20

(Another Proper: The following Lessons may be used on any weekday in the week, especially in Years B and C:

2 Kings 4:18-21,32-37
Psalm 17:1-8
John 11:(1-7)18-44)
 

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

The Collect

Almighty God, through the incarnate Word you have caused us to be born anew of an imperishable and eternal seed: Look with compassion upon those who are being prepared for Holy Baptism, and grant that they may be built as living stones into a spiritual temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 102:15-22
John 8:21-30

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

The Collect

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, renew in us the gifts of your mercy; increase our faith, strengthen our hope, enlighten our understanding, widen our charity, and make us ready to serve you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Daniel 3:14-20,24-28
Canticle 2 or 13 (from the Book of Common Prayer)
John 8:31-42

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent

The Collect

O God, you have called us to be your children, and have promised that those who suffer with Christ will be heirs with him of your glory: Arm us with such trust in him that we may ask no rest from his demands and have no fear in his service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Genesis 17:1-8
Psalm 105:4-11
John 8:51-59

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent

The Collect

O Lord, you relieve our necessity out of the abundance of your great riches: Grant that we may accept with joy the salvation you bestow, and manifest it to all the world by the quality of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 18:1-7
John 10:31-42

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent

The Collect

O Lord, in your goodness you bestow abundant graces on your elect: Look with favor, we entreat you, upon those who in these Lenten days are being prepared for you Holy Baptism, and grant them the help of your protection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Ezekiel 37:21-28
Psalm 85:1-7
John 11:45-53
 

Palm Sunday

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The Collect

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Readings

Year A

Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:19-29
Matthew 21:1-11

Liturgy of the Word

Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11
Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew (26:36-75)27:1-54(55-66)

Year B

Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:19-29
Mark 11:1-11a

Liturgy of the Word

Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11
Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark (14:32-72)15:1-39(40-47)

Year C

Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:19-29
Luke 19:29-40

Liturgy of the Word

Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11
Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke (22:39-71) 23:1-49(50-56)

Monday in Holy Week

The Collect

Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 36:5-10
Isaiah 42:1-9
Hebrews 11:39-12:3
John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9

Tuesday in Holy Week

The Collect

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 71:1-12
Isaiah 49:1-6
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:37-38,42-50 or Mark 11:15-19

Wednesday in Holy Week

The Collect

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 69:7-15,22-23
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Hebrews 9:11-15,24-28
John 13:21-35 or Matthew 26:1-5,14-25

Maundy Thursday

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The Collect

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 78:14-20,23-25
Exodus 12:1-14a
1 Corinthians 11:23-26(27-32)
John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30

Good Friday

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The Collect

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11 or 40:1-14 or 69:1-23
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 or Genesis 22:1-18 or Wisdom 2:1,12-24
Hebrews 10:1-25
John (18:1-40) 19:1-37

Holy Saturday

The Collect

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Readings
Psalm 130 or 31:1-5
Job 14:1-14
1 Peter 4:1-8
Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42

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