The First Sunday in Lent

As we have been doing on our Facebook page, we thought those of you who frequent the website may find these insights from the Ordinariate Customary useful during Lent.

The First Sunday in Lent from the Ordinariate Customary

O Lord who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights: give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit; we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory; who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

From the sermons of Blessed John Henry Newman

After this manner, then, must be understood his suffering, temptation, and obedience, not as if he ceased to be what he had ever been, but, having clothed himself with a created essence, he made it the instrument of his humiliation; he acted in it, he obeyed and suffered through it. Do we not see among men, circumstances of a peculiar kind throw one of our own race out of himself, so that he, the same man, acts as if his usual self were not in being, and he had fresh feelings and faculties, for the occasion, higher or lower than before? Far be it from our thoughts to parallel the incarnation of the Eternal Word with such an accidental chance! But I mention it, not to explain a Mystery…, but to facilitate your conception of him who is the subject of it, to help you towards contemplating him as God and man at once, as still the Son of God though he had assumed a nature short of his original perfection.

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