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Friday Evening

 

Following Twenty-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 my 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.

 

The prophet Jeremiah foretells the end of a captivity of which that of Babylon was only a figure.

 

  • The Lord says, “I think thoughts of peace, and not of afflictions. You shall call upon me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places.”
 
  • You have favoured, O Lord, Your land; You have restored the well-being of Jacob.

 

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord hear, my prayer! Halleluia.
 
  • You saved us, O Lord, from our foes, and those who hated us You put to shame. In God we glorified day by day; Your name we praised always.

 

  • Amen I say to you, all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be done to you.

 
 

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. Jude 8: 20 — 23

 

Whereas the unfaithful, self-directed, authority demeaners are pulling down
the church of Christ stone by stone, St. Jude desires his readers
to build up their character firmly ‘upon your most holy faith’
i.e. according to its holy teachings and after the example of its holy Founder.
This can only be accomplished with the help of the Holy Spirit,
whose assistance must be sought through prayer.
Love of God and the mercy of Jesus Christ
will bring them ‘unto life everlasting’.

This personal holiness, patience and sublime trust
are to be the consolation and tools of the faithful.
As elsewhere in the New Testament the essence of Christianity is expressed
in the formulas: faith — hope — charity, and God — Christ — Holy Spirit.
We are exhorted to keep our focus on these treasures.

All translators agree that verses 22 and 23 must be very carefully considered.

 

Most textual critics prefer the reading in which three classes of offenders are mentioned.

—    The first class seem to be wavering; they are to be taught the truth by instruction and argument.

—    The second class seem to have yielded, but can be rescued.

—    The third class are utterly depraved and their condition is hopeless.

They should judge them mercifully, but hold them in fear and keep them at a safe distance, as they would a contaminated garment.

 

Strong talk from the top; but clearly seen as necessary for
the protection of the faithful who in practice must rely on teachers
who will guide them safely towards their true home.

 

But as for you, beloved, build up yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit (1). Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto life everlasting. And some who are judged, reprove; but others save, snatching them from the fire. And to others be merciful with fear, hating even the garment that is soiled by the flesh.

(1)   in the Holy Spirit — united with the whole Body of Christ, the Church.

 
 

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 real captivity of the soul is sin;
God alone can set us free from it, just as He will
snatch us from death which is the punishment of sin.

 

Absolve Your people from their offences, we implore You, O Lord; that through Your bountiful goodness we may be delivered from the bonds of sin, which through our frailty we have contracted. 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