Electronic Prayer Book

Friday Evening

 

Following Seventh 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.

 
  • All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness. For the Lord, the Most High, the awesome, is the great King over all the earth.
 
  • Come children hear me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.

 

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness. Halleluia.
 
  • As in holocausts of rams and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs, so let our sacrifice be made in Your sight this day, that it may please You: for there is no confusion to those who trust in
    You, O Lord.

 

  • Incline Your ear to me, make haste to deliver me.
 
 

Psalm 138 [139]

God Knows All, Sees All
 

O Lord, you search and know me, you know me, when I sit down and when I stand up. You discern my thoughts from afar;

You see me walking and lying down, and you are familiar with all my ways.

A word is not yet on my tongue; behold, O Lord, you know it all beforehand.

Behind and before you encompass me, and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is to wonderful for me, sublime: far beyond me.

Whither can I go from your spirit? Whither can I flee from your presence?

 

If I ascend into heaven, you are there; if I am prostrate in the abyss, you are there.

If I take up the wings of the dawn, if I dwell at the end of the sea:

Even there your hand will guide me, and your right hand hold me fast.

If I say: “At least darkness shall cover me, and the night like light surround me:”

Darkness itself is not dark to you and night shines as the day: to you darkness is as light.

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 1: 3 — 5

 

In this and the next two readings, St. Peter proclaims
a beautiful doxology blessing God and giving thanks for His mercy.
God is blessed for bestowing on Christians a new life of hope,
the basis of which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Its goal is an inheritance imperishable and secure, which is still in the future,
but is already prepared, and only waits for the proper time to be revealed.
That time is the day of the second coming of Christ.
This reward depends neither on fortune nor human causes, for the power of God assures it;
and the virtue of faith will maintain it through trial and temptation.
Thus the Christian already possesses salvation in germ.
Its full effects will be realised only at the end of time with the resurrection of the body.

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who according to his great mercy has begotten us again, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, unto an incorruptible inheritance — undefiled and unfading, reserved for you in heaven. By the power of God you are guarded through faith for salvation, which is ready to be revealed in the last time.

 
 

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

 

We should put our life completely in the hands of God,
who, in his providence, knows what is good for us far better than we do.

 

O God, Whose providence never fails in what it ordains, we humbly implore You to put away from us all things harmful, and to give all things profitable to us. 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 Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection