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Friday Evening

 

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

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

 

In Time After Pentecost the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Breviary), and the evening ones are the Biblical passages used in the previous Sunday Liturgy.

Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 

Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.

 
  • O God, we ponder Your kindness within Your temple. As Your Name,
    O Lord, O God, so also Your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Of justice Your right hand is full. Great is the Lord and wholly to be praised in the city of our God, His holy mountain.
 
  • Be my rock of refuge, O God, a stronghold to give me safety. In You, O God, I take refuge; O Lord, let me never be put to shame.

 

  • Lowly people You save, O Lord, but haughty eyes You bring low; for who is God except You, O Lord?
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Great is the Lord and wholly to be praised in the city of our God, His holy mountain. Halleluia.

 

 

  • Taste and see how good the Lord is; happy the man who takes refuge in Him.
 
 

From Psalm 139 [140]

Prayer for Protection against Lying Lips.
 

Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man, from the violent man preserve me:

From those who devise evil in their heart, who daily stir up strife,

They sharpen their tongues like a serpent: under their lips is the venom of adders.

Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked, from the violent man preserve me:

Who plan to trip my steps, the proud have hidden a snare for me, and spread cords as a net, by the wayside they set traps for me.

 

I say to the Lord: you are my God; hearken, O Lord, to the voice of my supplication.

O Lord, God, my mighty help! You shield my head on the day of battle…

I know that the Lord will render right to the needy, justice to the poor.

Surely the just shall give praise to your name, the upright shall dwell in your presence.

 

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 — 1st St. Peter 2: 1 — 5

 

 St. Peter opens a short two-verse comment on his previous statement.
He quotes freely from the Greek (Septuagint) Old Testament as in Isaiah 28: 16.
God Himself laid his corner-stone and
He promised salvation to those who believe in Christ.
But Christ and His message is a stumbling – stone and a rock of scandal to unbelievers.
Christians must be ready for a vitriolic response from some who take offence at this.

 

Lay aside therefore all malice, and all deceit, and pretense, and envy, and all slander. Crave, as newborn babes, pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow to salvation; if, indeed you have tasted that the Lord is sweet. Draw near to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men but chosen and honoured by God. Be you yourselves as living stones, built thereon into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

New Testament Canticle:
for
Friday Evening

Hymn of Adoration

Revelation 15: 3 and 4

 

Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God almighty; just and true are your ways, O King of the ages.

Who will not fear you, O Lord, and magnify your name? For you alone are holy. For all nations will come and worship before you; because your judgments are manifest (revealed).
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.

 
 

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
   
       
 

The Lord has put down the mighty
from their throne and has exalted
the lowly.

   
       

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.

       
     
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

 

We owe all to God, both in the natural order and,
still more, in the supernatural order.
But for God, how could we “live according to God”?

 

Graciously impart to us, we implore You, O Lord, the spirit at all times to think and to do the things that are right; that we, who cannot subsist without You, may be enabled to live according to Your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in 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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection