Electronic Prayer Book

Friday Evening

 

Following Third 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.

 
  • Look toward me and have pity on me, O Lord, for I am alone and afflicted. Put an end to my affliction and my suffering, and take away all my sins, O my God.
 
  • They trust in You who cherish Your name, O Lord, for You forsake not those who seek You. Sing praise to the Lord enthroned in Zion, for He has not forgotten the cry of the afflicted.

 

  • To You, I lift up my soul, O Lord. In You, O my God, I trust; let me not e put to shame.
 
  • Cast your care upon the Lord, and He will support you. When I called upon the Lord, He heard my voice from those who war against me.

 

 

  • I say to you: there is joy amoing the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
 
 

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 — St. James 2: 12 and 13

 

St. James is at pains to encourage Christians not to judge others by the standards of the world.
To do so is to forget the Sermon on the Mount:
“Do not judge others, or you yourselves will be judged.”
To judge merely by outward appearances would be severe,
and would merit severe judgment in return!
Uphold, he says, the “Law of liberty — a law of love which man
obeys freely and gladly, because
to serve Christ means true freedom.
In this law, God’s mercy is not opposed to, but is above His justice.

 

So speak and so act as men about to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to him who has not shown mercy; but mercy triumphs over judgment.

 
 

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

 

God’s providence extends to all that concerns us, in order to guide us and to imbue everything
 with His grace in the unity of a life which is to lead us through temporal blessings to those of eternity.

 

O God, the Protector of all those who hope in You, without Whom nothing is strong, nothing holy, multiply upon us Your mercy, that with You as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through temporal things, as not to lose those which are eternal. 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