Used with permission of  Creighton University Online Ministries


Invitatory:

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Collect:

Almighty ever-living God, look with compassion on our weakness and ensure us your protection by stretching forth the right hand of your majesty. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings

Isaiah 58: 9b-14; Psalm 86: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Luke 5: 27-32

Daily Meditation:

A Saturday of Lent and more on “True Fasting.” Each of the Saturdays of Lent are more upbeat and “lighter” in tone. We are preparing for Sunday. Our reading from Isaiah 58 continues, as does our self-examination regarding what true fasting is for us this Lent. What patterns will I change?

Intercessions:

Let us always and everywhere give thanks to Christ our Savior, and ask him with confidence: Lord, help us with your grace.

May we keep our bodies pure, – as temples of the Holy Spirit.

May we offer ourselves this morning to the service of others, – and do your will in all things throughout the day.

Teach us to seek the bread of everlasting life, – the bread that is your gift.

May your Mother, the refuge of sinners, pray for us, – and gain for us your loving forgiveness.

Closing Prayer:

Loving creator, I am not asking to overcome my weakness, but to use it in some way to glorify you. Let me be aware of the many ways you reach out to help me today and let me stand in awe of the power that you use in such loving ways.

Conclusion:

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.