Electronic Prayer Book

Friday Evening

 

Following Fourteenth 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.

 
  • Behold, O God, our Protector, and look upon the face of Your anointed. Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere. How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord.

    The Christian imploring the divine protection humbly reminds God of all that He means to him.

 
  • It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

 

  • The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Taste and see how good the Lord is.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the God of our salvation. Halleluia.

 

 

  • “Seek first the Kingdom of God; and all things shall be given you besides,” says the Lord.
 
 

From Psalm 140 [141]

Lead Us not into Temptation.
 

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 — 1st St. John 2: 26 — 29

 

For St. John, there is reason for warning them against false seducers.
Not that they need explicit instruction in the matter.
They have received the unction of the Holy Spirit who
will enlighten them concerning what they must know.
His teachings are the truth, without any admixture of falsehood.
Let them hold fast, therefore, to the faith which he imparted to them.
Thus they will be able to meet their judge with confidence;
for he judges justly and approves those who lead good lives.

 

These few verses are frequently misinterpreted.
St. John is not saying, because you have the Holy Spirit you do not
need to pay attention to the strong, passionate and bold statements
he has just made about the dangers of carelessly following antichrists.
His ‘slant’ is that when we listen carefully to the teaching of Christ passed
down to us through the Apostles and their successors, and keep it ever fresh
within our minds and hearts, then with the help of the Holy Spirit
we will be kept safe from error — even when we do not actually
understand all the specific details of the gross heresies always in circulation.
Our citadel of protection is abiding in the Word, which
the Holy Spirit enables us to do if we choose.

 

These things I have written to you concerning those who lead you astray. And as for you, let the anointing which you have received from him, dwell in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true and is no lie, even as it has taught you, abide in him.

And now, dear children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence, and may not shrink ashamed from him at his coming. If you know that he is just, know that everyone also who does what is just has been born of him.

 
 

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 marvellous 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

 
 
 

Protect, we implore you, O Lord, Your Church with Your perpetual mercy, and because without You human frailty goes astray, may we be ever withheld by Your grace from what is hurtful, and directed to what is profitable. 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