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Friday Evening

 

Following Sixteenth 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.

 
  • Have pity on me, O Lord, for to You I call all the day; for Your, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon You. Incline Your ear, O Lord; answer me, for I am afflicted and poor.
 
  • The nations shall revere Your name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For the Lord has rebuilt Zion, and He shall appear in His glory.
  • Deign, O Lord, to rescue me; let all be put to shame and confusion who seek to snatch away my life. Deign, O Lord, to rescue me.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done wondrous deeds. Halleluia.
  • O Lord, I will tell of Your singular justice; O God, You have taught me from my youth; and now that I am old and grey, O God, forsake me not.
 
 

From Psalm 141 [142]

Lead us not into Temptation
 

O Lord, I call to you: hasten to help me; listen to my voice, when I call 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 still always pray under their corrections.

 

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: 1

 

St. John advises on the discernment of Spirits.
Besides those impulses which have their origin in ourselves,
there are two other kinds of spiritual activity, which come from without.
God can enlighten our minds and move our will,
either immediately or through the agency of others.
On the other hand, the evil spirit tries to perplex and disquiet the faithful with
false teachings, and he can imitate the appearance of good in order to deceive us.
Hence, the Apostle warns his readers not to trust every spirit,
but to put the revelation they receive, or the teaching they hear
to a test to see whether it is from God or from the devil.

 

St. John’s use of the term ‘spirit’ means ‘spiritual manifestation’,
but when applied to some of the teachers, (many of whom were false) it has
the meaning of ‘antichrists’ which he discussed in chapter 2: 18 – 28.
Such people always claim their ‘gift’ is of divine origin.

 

Even the possession of the Spirit of God can also be an illusion.
The spiritual manifestations — or events proclaimed as such — which
appear in the Church must not be taken at face value,
for deceit and delusion are always possible.
The phenomena must be carefully examined in order
to be sure that they do not support false prophecy.
False so-called manifestations of the Holy Spirit are common.
They are keenly sought after by unfortunate people
who do not find their fulfillment in Christ’s teaching, but rather in one
entertaining and seemingly amazing phenomenon after another.

 

Brothers, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone forth into the 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 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

 

The Christian knows that he owes all to God and His grace;
he implores His help to be able to go on doing good.

 

Let Your grace, we implore You, O Lord, always go before us and follow us, and make us continually intent upon good works. 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