Collects and Readings 

The First week of Lent:  1st - 7th March


Grant us, Lord, to enter this period of testing by holy fasting, so that we may resist temptation, and be

helped and defended by self-denial; through Christ our Saviour.




The First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 2.15-17; 3.1-7

Psalm 32

Romans 5.12-1

Matthew 4.1-11


One man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.

(Romans 5.18)


The First Monday of Lent

Leviticus 19.1-2,11-18

Psalm 19.7-14

Matthew 25.31-46


'The judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold.

(Psalm 19.9b-10a)


The First Tuesday of Lent

Isaiah 55.10-11

Psalm 34.4-6,21-22

Matthew 6.7-15


'The word that goes from my mouth' does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.'

(Isaiah 55.11)



The First Wednesday of Lent

Jonah 3.1-10

Psalm 51.1-5,17-18

Luke 11.29-32


'Just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be a sign to this generation.'

(Luke 11.30)


The First Thursday of Lent

Esther 14.1-5,12-14

Psalm 138 

Matthew 7.7-12


'If you, then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!'

(Matthew 7.11)


The First Friday of Lent

Ezekiel 18.21-28

Psalm 130

Matthew 5.20-26


'When the wicked abandons wickedness to become law-abiding and upright, he saves his own life.'

(Ezekiel 18.27)



The First Saturday of Lent

Deuteronomy 26.16-19

Psalm 119.1-8

Matthew 5.43-48


You, O Lord, have charged that we should diligently keep your commandments. O that my ways were made so direct that I might keep your statutes.

(Psalm 119.4-5)

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