Friday 19 February 2021

Friday after Ash Wednesday ●

Liturgical Colour: Violet.

Readings at Mass

Entrance Antiphon

Ps 29: 11

The Lord heard and had mercy on me; 

the Lord became my helper.


Show gracious favour, O Lord, we pray,

to the works of penance we have begun,

that we may have strength to accomplish with sincerity

the bodily observances we undertake.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.

First reading

Isaiah 58:1-9

The sort of fast that pleases me

Thus says the Lord:

Shout for all you are worth,

 raise your voice like a trumpet.

Proclaim their faults to my people,

 their sins to the House of Jacob.

They seek me day after day,

 they long to know my ways,

like a nation that wants to act with integrity

 and not ignore the law of its God.

They ask me for laws that are just,

 they long for God to draw near:

‘Why should we fast if you never see it,

 why do penance if you never notice?’

Look, you do business on your fast-days,

 you oppress all your workmen;

look, you quarrel and squabble when you fast

 and strike the poor man with your fist.

Fasting like yours today

 will never make your voice heard on high.

Is that the sort of fast that pleases me,

 a truly penitential day for men?

Hanging your head like a reed,

 lying down on sackcloth and ashes?

Is that what you call fasting,

 a day acceptable to the Lord?

Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me

 – it is the Lord who speaks –

to break unjust fetters and

 undo the thongs of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

 and break every yoke,

to share your bread with the hungry,

 and shelter the homeless poor,

to clothe the man you see to be naked

 and not turn from your own kin?

Then will your light shine like the dawn

 and your wound be quickly healed over.

Your integrity will go before you

 and the glory of the Lord behind you.

Cry, and the Lord will answer;

 call, and he will say, ‘I am here.’

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 50(51):3-6,18-19

A humbled, contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.

 In your compassion blot out my offence.

O wash me more and more from my guilt

 and cleanse me from my sin.

A humbled, contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.

My offences truly I know them;

 my sin is always before me

Against you, you alone, have I sinned;

 what is evil in your sight I have done.

A humbled, contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.

For in sacrifice you take no delight,

 burnt offering from me you would refuse,

my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.

 A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

A humbled, contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.

Gospel Acclamation


Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

My soul is waiting for the Lord,

I count on his word,

because with the Lord there is mercy

and fullness of redemption.

Glory and praise to you, O Christ!



Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

Seek good and not evil so that you may live,

and that the Lord God of hosts may really be with you.

Glory and praise to you, O Christ!


Matthew 9:14-15

When the bridegroom is taken from them, then they will fast

John’s disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of mourning as long as the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then they will fast.’

Prayer over the Offerings

We offer, O Lord, the sacrifice of our Lenten observance,

praying that it may make our intentions acceptable to you

and add to our powers of self-restraint.

Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon

Ps 24: 4

O Lord, make me know your ways, 

teach me your paths.

Prayer after Communion

We pray, almighty God,

that, through partaking of this mystery,

we may be cleansed of all our misdeeds,

and so be suited for the remedies of your compassion.

Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer over the People

For your mighty deeds, O God of mercy,

may your people offer endless thanks,

and, by observing the age-old disciplines

along their pilgrim journey,

may they merit to come and behold you for ever.

Through Christ our Lord.

Longer Passages

The readings at Mass are often quite short. The readings in the Office of Readings are longer. If you have time, you may find it interesting to read the longer version and see how it deepens the meaning of what you heard at Mass.

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