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Friday Evening

 

Following Seventeenth 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.

 
  • You are just, O Lord, and Your ordinance is right. Deal with Your servant according to Your kindness. Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
 
  • Happy the nation whose God is the Lord, the people the Lord has chosen for His own inheritance. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; by the breath of His mouth all their host.

 

 

  • I, Daniel, prayed to my God saying, “Hear, O Lord, the prayers of Your servant; show Your face upon Your sanctuary, and favourably look down upon this people, upon whom Your name is invoked, O God.”
 
  • O almighty God, may our vices be cured by Your sanctifying graces, and may everlasting remedies be bestowed upon 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.

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You. Halleluia.
 
 

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. John 4: 15 — 17

 

By faith and love says St. John, we are united to God and to one another,
and if we perfect ourselves in love we need not fear the day of judgment.

To ‘confess’ (verse 15) that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
is to acknowledge this truth fully, and to make it known.
The term has a strong core requirement of ‘completeness’.
St. John uses it with the full power of its meaning: when our lives
manifest the ‘complete’ teachings of Christ (not just those that we pick and choose)
when we listen to and build our lives on the whole revelation of Jesus Christ
passed down to us through His Church, then we truly abide in Him and He in us.

 

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he is in God. And we have come to know, and have believed, the love that God has in our behalf. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world.

 
 

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

 

Love of God must be pure and unalloyed;
it excludes everything that is opposed to God.

 

Grant to Your people we implore You, O Lord, to avoid every contamination of the devil, and with pure minds, to follow You, the only God. 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