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Friday Evening

 

Following Twenty-first 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.

 
  • In Your will are all things, O Lord, and there is none that can resist Your will; for You have made all things, heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven (1). You are the Lord of all.    
        
    (1)   cope of heaven — vault of heaven
 
  • O Lord, You have been our refuge through all generations. Before the mountains were begotten and the earth and the world were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.

 

  • Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. When Israel came forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of alien tongue, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his domain. Halleluia.

 

 

  • My soul pines for Your salvation; I hope in Your word. When will You do judgment on my persecutors? The wicked persecuted me wrongfully; help me O Lord my God!
 
 

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 — 3rd St. John 5 — 8

 

One of our sources offers this explanation of the following verses in St. John’s letter.

Besides commending the solid faith of Gaius; he lauds his sincere charity towards the brethren, who are strangers.
These men were the itinerant missionaries, who praised the hospitality extended to them before the whole church.
St John asks him to lend them further assistance, because they depended entirely on finding support in the different
churches they visited, taking nothing of the Gentiles.’ He intimates that by rendering them this help, he himself
was spreading the truth,

We offer a few comments to elaborate some of the important references.

●   St. John, among others such as St. Paul, gave evidence of how important it was for labourers in the Lord’s
vineyard to give their all without obligation of payment “for work done”. They received gifts and money for upkeep
and ministry together with hospitality all of which were freely given.

●    Those appointed to teach and preach avoided receiving anything from sources outside the Church lest those
payments open the way for non-Christian influences to enter the workings of the Church; an ever present danger.

●    St. John makes reference to “the Name”, which here means the Lord Jesus Christ. The custom of avoiding
the use of the Holy Name of God was well established in Judaism. God’s Name was whispered once a year in the
Holy of Holies (the inner most sacred part of the Temple) and otherwise substituted by terms such as “the Lord”.
Even today Jewish people often write the subsitutionary reference to God as “G-d”, out of profound respect for Him.
To some extent this practice was retained by the Christian Church, and St. John, here, gives evidence of that.
Traditional Christians have thus retained the practice of saving the use of the name “Jesus” for when they intend
consciously and deliberately to give sound to this very precious Name. Otherwise they refer to “our Lord” or some
similar title out of love and reverence.

The same reverence was shown to St. Paul in his letter to the Church at Philippi: “God has exalted him and given
him the name above all names, so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and beneath the
earth should bend the knee and should publicly acknowledge to the glory of God the Father that Jesus Christ is
Lord.” (Philippians 2: 9 – 11).

●    Finally in this short passage St. John calls on his readers to accept the responsibility to provide for those
appointed to teach the faith. He raises this need to the level of a very great privilege and assures us that by
such generosity we participate in a very true and real way in the spreading of Christ’s Gospel and the growth
of His Body, the Church.

 

Beloved, you do in accordance with faith whatever you work for the brethren, and that even when they are strangers. They have borne witness to your love before the church. You will do well to see them off on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For on behalf of the Name they have gone forth, taking nothing from the pagans. We therefore ought to support such as these, that we may be fellow-workers for the truth.

 
 

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 constant help is necessary if we are to lead our lives aright.

 

Guard your household, we implore You, O Lord, with continued goodness; that through Your protection it may be free from all adversaries, and by good works be devoted to Your name. 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