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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

Semi-Double Feast         Purple or Violet Vestments

        Editor's Note: All Scriptural Readings are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The preface commentaries are a combination of thoughts from various sources. Red type indicates Our Lord's direct words in Holy Scripture. Italicized Maroon type indicates Latin with priests' refrain and server's response in bold..

        In this Sunday's theme, we continue with the same conflict with the devil. Jesus throws the devil to the ground, disarms him and expels him from the body of one possessed. As He Himself explains in His parable, satan believed himself secure in his empire, like the strong and well-armed man who defends the entrance of his house, but the Son of God, stronger than the fallen angel, came and took from him his unjust conquest, and we become His. In Luke's Gospel Christ is in open conflict with satan and his works, just as we must be at all times for we are the Church Militant and we must, as Paul says in his Epistle to the Ephesians, "For know you this, and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person, which is a serving of idols, hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God."
        That is a far cry from what we hear in the Vatican II church pulpits. During Lent this is not a time of renewal and change as so many Novus Ordinarians have been hammered to think, but rather a time when the struggle against the old man is more intense. We should "live" as children of the light, performing actions good, just and true.
        We must heed Our Lord's words: "Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it." We must cling to the Faith, the Truths and Traditions of the Sacred Deposit of the Faith and not succumb to the novelties of the New Order which, for the past 40 years, has failed to keep the word of God, and has only become more wicked just as Christ affirms in the Gospel.

READINGS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

INTROIT:
      My eyes are ever toward the Lord: for He shall pluck my feet out of the snare: look Thou upon me, and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor. To Thee, 0 Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, 0 my God, I put my trust: let me not be ashamed (Psalm 24: 15-16). Glory be to the Father...My eyes are ever toward the Lord...
Kyrie...

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.

COLLECT:
      We beseech Thee, Almighty God, look upon the desires of Thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty, to be our defense. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

EPISTLE:
      (Ephesians 5: 1-9) Brethren: Be ye followers of God, as most dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered Himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God, for an odor of sweetness. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints; nor obscenity, nor foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose: but rather giving of thanks. For know ye this and understand, that no fornicator, nor unclean, nor covetous person, which is serving of idols, hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief. Be ye not therefore partakers with them. For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light: for the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth.

Deo Gratias.

GRADUAL:
     (Psalm 9: 4)Exsurge, Domine - Arise, 0 Lord, let not man prevail: let the Gentiles be judged in Thy sight. V.When mine enemy shall be turned back, they shall be weakened and perish before Thy face.

TRACT:     (Psalm 122: 1-3) To Thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in Heaven. V.Behold as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters.V. And as the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress: so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until He have mercy on us. V.Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.

Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum N...
Gloria tibi, Domine.

GOSPEL:
      (Luke 11: 14-28) At that time: Jesus was casting out a devil, and the same was dumb; and when He had cast out the devil, the dumb spoke, and the multitudes were in admiration at it; but some of them said: "He casteth out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of devils." And others tempting, asked of Him a sign from Heaven. But He seeing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall; and if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say, that through Beelzebub I cast out devils. Now if I cast out devils by Beelzebub, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore, they shall be your judges. But if I by the finger of God cast out devils, doubtless the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his court, those things are in peace which he possesseth; but if a stronger than he come upon him, and overcome him, he will take away all his armor wherein he trusted, and will distribute his spoils. He that is not with Me, is against Me and he that gathereth not with Me, scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through places without water, seeking rest; and not finding, he saith: I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then he goeth, and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and entering in they dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first." And it came to pass, as He spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to Him: "Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck." But He said: "Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it."
Laus tibi, Christe.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.

OFFERTORY:
     (Psalm 18: 9-12) The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts, and His judgments are sweeter than honey and the honeycomb: for Thy servant keepeth them.

SECRET:
      May this victim, O Lord, we beseech Thee, cleanse us from our sins; and sanctify the bodies and minds of Thy servants for the celebration of this sacrifice. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God... Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

COMMUNION:
     (Psalm 83: 4-5) The sparrow hath found herself a house, and the turtle a nest, where she may lay her young ones: Thine altars, 0 Lord of hosts, my King, and my God; blessed are they that dwell in Thy house, they shall praise Thee for ever and ever.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.

POSTCOMMUNION:
      Mercifully absolve us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all guilt and danger, since Thou dost admit us to be partakers of this great Mystery. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


For the Prayers at the End of the Low Mass, see Leonine Prayers


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