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Friday Morning

 

 Following Sunday of Advent Two

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my 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 2.     Celebrating the prophecies of our Messiah’s coming,
   His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
 
  • Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Jerusalem! See, you’re King shall come to you. Fear not, Zion, for your salvation shall quickly come.
 
  • Christ our King is coming, as John preached that He was to come, calling Him the Lamb.
 
  • Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with Me, says the Lord, to render to each one according to his works.
 
 

From Psalm 98 [99]

 

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

 

The Lord is king: the peoples tremble; he sits above the Cherubim: the earth quakes.

The Lord is great in Zion and high above all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awe-inspiring name: it is holy.

And he is king, the mighty one who loves justice: you have established what is right, justice and right you exercise in Jacob.

Exalt the Lord, our God, and prostrate yourselves at his footstool: It is holy.

Moses and Aaron are among his priests, and Samuel among those who called upon his name: they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

 

In a pillar of cloud he spoke to them: they heard his commandments, and the precept which he gave them.

O Lord, our God, you answered them; O God, you were gracious to them, but you punished their wrong-doing.

Exalt the Lord, our God, and prostrate yourselves at his holy mountain: for holy is the Lord, our God.

 

 

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

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

 

Reading — Isaiah 24: 1 — 6

Judgments upon the World’s Sinners

 

Behold the day of the Lord shall lay waste, and shall strip it, and shall afflict the face thereof and scatter abroad the inhabitants thereof.

And it shall be as with the priest: and as with the servant, so with his master: as with the handmaid, so with her mistress: as with the buyer, so with the seller: as with the lender, so with the borrower: as with him that calls for his money, so with him that owes.

With desolation shall the earth be laid waste, and it shall be utterly unspoiled: for the Lord has spoken this word.

The earth mourned and faded away, and is weakened: the world faded away, the height of the people of the earth is weakened.

And the earth is infected by the inhabitants thereof: because they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the ordinance; they have broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore shall a curse devour the earth, and the inhabitants thereof shall sin: and therefore they that dwell therein shall be mad and few man shall be left.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

1. The Baptist’s message of rebuke rings loud and clear through all the world of darkness: Away with dreams of darkness. Jesus the light is shining in the sky.

2. Let the slothful soul now arise and no longer lie earth-bound, for a new sun is now shining, Christ, who will take away every sin.

3. Behold the Lamb is sent to us to pay freely the debt we owe. Therefore let all of us together, with tears of sorrow, ask for His pardon.

 

4. So that when He comes in glory at the end of time and causes fear in all our hearts, He will not then punish us, as our sins deserve. but in His pity be our protector.

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

     

V. The voice of one crying in the desert: Make ready the way of the Lord.

R. Make straight His paths.

     
 
 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit”, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       

Monday

The Lord and the ruler comes from heaven; in his hand are honour and dominion.

Tuesday

Upon you, Jerusalem, the Lord will rise like the sun, and his glory will be visible upon you.

Wednesday

Behold, I am sending My Angel, who shall prepare My way before your face.

Thursday

O Lord, You are the One who is to come! We have been waiting for you; do save Your people.

Friday

Tell the timid: Cheer up! See, the Lord our God is coming.

 

       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us

That, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. —

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

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.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
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

 
 
 

Stir up, we implore You, O Lord, Your power and come; that by Your protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening danger of our sins, and through Your deliverance be saved. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. 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