Thursday, 21 February, 2008
THURSDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT (III)
(Day of fast – traditional)
Collect: Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the help of Thy grace: that duly applying ourselves to fasting and prayer, we may be delivered from enemies of mind and body. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.
Lesson: From the Prophet Jeremias, 17:5-10.
[The Prophet speaks to us of two men, one of whom put his trust in himself and the other in God; the first dries up like the heather in the desert, and the second bears the abundant fruit of his good works.]
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke, 16:19-31.
[There were two men, says Jesus in the parable, one of whom enjoyed life instead of doing penance, and the other suffered: the first went to hell, whilst the second was carried by the Angels into Abraham’s bosom.]
Remarks are abstracted from The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual, from Editio Typica of the Roman Missal and Breviary, 1962
(Baronius Press Limited, London, 2004, in conjunction with the Fraternal Society of St. Peter, www.baroniuspress.com)