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Friday Morning

 

Following Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost

 
 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

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.

 
 
 

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation, Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.

 
  • May the Lord direct our hearts and bodies in the love of God and the patience of Christ.
 
  • Whatever you do, work at it from the heart as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Serve the Lord Christ.
 
  • To the King of ages, who is immortal, invisible, the one only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.
 
 

From Psalm 147 [148]

Thank God for His Blessings.
 

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, praise your God, O Zion.

For he has strengthened the bars of your gates, he has blessed your children within you.

He has established peace on your borders, he fills you with the finest of wheat.

He sends out his command to the earth, his word runs swiftly.

He gives snow like wool, he strews hoarfrost like ashes.

 

He casts down his ice like crumbs of bread; in the presence of his cold the waters freeze.

He sends forth his word and melts them; he bids his wind to blow and the waters flow.

He has declared his word to Jacob, his statutes and precepts to Israel.

He has not done so to any other nation: his precepts he has not made known to them.

 

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 — Malachi 1: 5 — 11

 
 
 

Your own eyes shall see it, and you will say, “Great is the Lord even beyond the land of Israel”. A son honours his father, and a servant fears his master; if then I am a Father, where is the honour due to me? And if I am a Master, where is the reverence due to me? — so says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests who despise his name. But you ask, “How have we despised your name?” By offering polluted food on my altar! Then you ask, “How have we polluted it?” By saying the table of the Lord may be slighted! When you offer a blind animal for sacrifice, is this not evil? When you offer the lame or sick, is it not evil? Present it to your governor; see if he will accept it, or welcome you, says the Lord of hosts. So now if you implore God for mercy on us, when you have done the like will he welcome any of you? says the Lord of hosts. Oh that one among you would shut the temple gates to keep you from kindling fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts; neither will I accept any sacrifice from your hands, for from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, my name is great among the nations; and everywhere they bring sacrifice to my name, and a pure offering; for great is my name among the nations, says the Lord of hosts (1).

(1)    from the rising of the sun — the great messianic prophecy of a perfect sacrifice to replace all others. In fulfillment of this prophecy, whenever the Sacrifice of the New Testament is offered with full ceremonial, the use of incense is to this day an integral part of the sacred function. It represents our prayers of thanksgiving rising to heaven and God’s mercy descending upon us.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn
for
Friday Morning

 

Now that the sun has risen, let us as suppliants ask of God that in today’s acts He preserve us from all that may hurt us.

May He check and restrain our tongue so that it be not an instrument of discord and strife. May He screen and protect our eyes so that they do not drink in vanities.

May our inmost soul be pure and the folly of impurity find in us no place; may moderation in food and drink wear down the body’s pride.

So that when day has gone and night, as God planned, has returned, we may be found free from sin through our self-restraint and thus sing praise to Him.

To God the Father, be glory, and to His only Son, with the Spirit, the Paraclete, now and forever. Amen.

 
 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God, the Orient from on high has visited us.

   
       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

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.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
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

 
 
 

From You alone, O God of strength, comes all that is good! Fill our hearts with love for You and draw tight the bond that ties us to You; thus will You strengthen what there is of good in us and guard it with fatherly care. This we ask of You 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