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Friday Evening

 

Following the Sunday of Advent Four

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

 

Opening

 

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Halleluia

 

Acclamations For Reflection

Week 4.     Celebrating the prophecies of our Messiah’s coming,
   His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
 
 
  • Be steadfast and you shall see the salvation of the Lord upon you.
 
  • To You Lord, have I lifted up my soul. Come and rescue me, Lord; in You have I taken refuge.

 

  • God shall come from Lebanon, and His glory shall be like a light.
 
  • Come, Lord, do not delay: forgive the sins of Your people Israel.

 

 

  • But I shall look to the Lord, and await God, my Saviour.
 
 

From Psalm 140 [141]

Prayer of Confidence
 

O Lord, I call to you: hasten to help me; listen to my voice, when I call to you.

Let my prayer rise to you like incense, the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

Set a guard O Lord, over my mouth, keep watch at the door of my lips.

Incline not my heart to any evil, to engage in wicked deeds; and with men who do wrong let me never feed on their choice foods.

Let the just man strike me: it is kindness; let him rebuke me: it is oil for the head, which my head shall not refuse, but I will always pray under their corrections.

 

Beside the rock their leaders were let go free, and they heard, how mild my words were.

As when the ploughman breaks a furrow in the ground, so their bones lie scattered at the entrance to the abyss.

For to you, O Lord God, my eyes are not turned; in you I take refuge: take not away my life…

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Reading — Philippians 4: 4 — 7

 
Brethren: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety, but in every prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. And may the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

1. Jesus, loving Creator of the heavenly bodies, eternal light of the faithful and Redeemer of all men, hear Your suppliants’ prayers

2. For, urged on by generous love, You became a healing power to a sick world to prevent it being, through the devil’s wiles, sick even to its death.

3. You went forth as a sinless victim from Mary’s sacred womb to die on the Cross to atone for the sin of all mankind.

 

4. The might of Your glory and the reverence which the very mention of Your name inspires are so great that heaven and hell tremble and adore.

5. We implore You, our mighty Judge at the last day, defend us with the arms of heavenly grace from our enemies.

6. Strength, honour, praise, glory Be to God the Father together with the Son and the Holy Paraclete, for ever and ever. Amen.

     

V. Drop down dew, you heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain the Just One.

R. Let the earth be opened and bud forth the Saviour.

     
 
 

Mary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 46 — 55

 

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 41 — 45), acclaimed Mary, warmly with the words: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” — to which Mary replied in her prophetic hymn.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
  17th December

O Wisdom, You came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and reaching from beginning to end, You ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence!

18th December

O Adonai and Ruler of the house of Israel, You appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush, and on Mount Sinai gave him Your Law. Come, and with an outstretched arm redeem us

19th December

O Root of Jesse, You stand for an ensign of mankind; before You kings shall keep silence, and to You all nations shall have recourse. Come, save us, and do not delay

 
20th December

O Key of David and sceptre of the house of Israel: You open and no man closes; You close and no man opens. Come, and deliver him from the chains.

21st  December

O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice; come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

22nd December

O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of all, You are the cornerstone that binds two into one. Come, and save poor man whom You fashioned out of clay.

23rd December

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of nations and their Saviour: Come, and save us, O Lord our God!

 

 

       

My soul magnifies the Lord.

And my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.

Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,

Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear him.

He has shown might with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

 

He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent empty away.

He has given help to Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.

(As he promised our fathers) towards Abraham and his descendants forever.

 

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

       
   * During the final 7 days before Christmas we switch from the Antiphon “of the Day” to the special one appointed for the 17th to the 23rd December.  
Antiphon

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer

 
 
 

O Lord, we implore You, stir up Your power and come; that by Your protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins, and to be saved by Your deliverance. Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.

Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection