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Friday Evening


Following Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




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.



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.

  • Give peace, O Lord, to those who have hoped in You, and let Your Prophets be proved true. Hear the prayers of Your servants, and of Your people Israel.
  • I rejoiced because they said to me, “We will go up to the house of the Lord.” May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings.
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. The nations shall revere Your name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. Halleluia.
  • Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord, offering upon it holocausts and sacrificing victims: he made an evening sacrifice to the Lord God for an odour of sweetness in the sight of the Israelites.
  • Bring gifts and enter His courts; worship the Lord in His holy court.

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. John 5: 6


St. John explains further that Christ came to make us victors
by purifying and redeeming us, and by the effusion of the Spirit.
He made victory possible for us not merely by the
water of baptism but both by the water and by His blood.
The Spirit also continually bears reliable witness, because the Spirit is Truth itself.

This verse and in fact the next as well, have been
difficult for translators, as some manuscripts carry extra words.
Both Catholic and Protestant scholars have, again,
both defended and raised doubts about their original authenticity.
These can cause different renderings, but do not
alter the essence and power of St. John’s teaching.

Some examples of alternative explanations of this verse include the following:
•    “Here it is who fulfilled His mission by His Baptism (the inauguration of our
     Lord’s public life) by His passion and by sending His Spirit.” Literally, “this is
     He who came by water and blood, etc”.

•    According to St. Augustine, St. John seeks to prove the reality of the
     Incarnation, and refers to the water and the blood which issued from
     Christ’s side when it was pierced (John 19: 34).

•    Others see a reference to Baptism and the Eucharist.

•    The Venerable Bede combines the two interpretations — “He came by water
     and blood, namely, the water of baptism and the blood of His passion.
     He deigned not only to be baptised that He might consecrate and give to
     us the sacrament of Baptism, but He also gave His blood for us, redeeming
     us by His passion, and being always refreshed with the sacraments, we are
     nourished unto salvation.”


This is he who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ; not in the water only but in the water and in the blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness that Christ is the truth.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

New Testament Canticle:
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.


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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



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.




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.





It is the theological virtues which lift us above ourselves and make our lives loving and generous responses to the gifts bestowed upon us by God.


Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of Faith, Hope and Charity; and that we may deserve to obtain that which You promise, make us love that which You command. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.




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.


Part 2. Devotions During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection