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Friday Evening

 

Following Twelfth 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.

 
  • Deign, O God, to rescue me;
    O Lord, make haste to help me.
    Let them be put to shame and confounded who seek my life.
    Let them be turned back in
    disgrace, who desire my ruin.
 
  • I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the Lord; the lowly will hear and be glad.

 

  • The earth is replete with the fruit of Your works, O Lord; You produce bread from the earth, and wine to gladden men’s hearts, so that their faces gleam with oil, and bread fortifies the hearts of men.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O Lord, the God of my salvation, by day I cry out, at night I clamour in Your presence.  Halleluia.

 

  • Moses prayed in the sight of the Lord, his God, and said, “Why, O Lord, is Your indignation enkindled against Your people? Let the anger of Your mind cease; remember Abraham, Issac and Jacob, to whom You swore to give a land flowing with milk and honey.” And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which He had spoken of doing against His people.
 
 

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 1: 5 — 7

 

The Apostle has a message from Christ which related to the nature of God.
He is the absolutely pure, spiritual, perfect being, who can best be represented to men by light.
In Him there is neither defect nor imperfection, nothing inconsistent with absolute excellence.
Our Lord said repeatedly during His public ministry: “I am the light of the world”
(John 8: 12; 9: 5; 12: 35) i.e. the source of all truth and moral goodness.
Since Father and Son are one, and have the same nature, what is true of the Son is true of the Father.
“Darkness”, in St John’s terminology, means the absence of truth
and moral goodness, the prevalence of error and sin.
Since God is so perfect a being, no one who leads a sinful life can claim
fellowship with him, because union with God and a life of sin are incompatible states.
We ‘walk in the light’ if we lead good and holy lives.
Holiness binds all Christians with God and with one another,
and makes one a partaker of the graces merited by the blood of Jesus Christ.

 

And the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, is this: that God is light, and in Him is no darkness. If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and are not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Almighty and merciful God, of Whose gift it comes that Your faithful people do You worthy and laudable service, grant we implore You, that we may run without stumbling to the attainment of Your promises. 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