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Friday Evening

 

Following Twenty second 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.

 
  • If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? But with You is forgiveness, O God of Israel. Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!

    Esther prepares to plead on behalf of the Jewish people.

 
  • Behold, how good it is and how pleasant where brethren dwell as one! It is as when the precious ointment upon the head runs down over the beard, the beard of Abraham.

 

  • I call upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me: hear my word.
 
  • Remember me, O Lord, You Who rule above all power: and give a well-ordered speech in my mouth, that my words may be pleasing in the sight of the prince.

 

  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Those who fear the Lord trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. Halleluia.
 
 

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 — St. Jude 3 — 4

 

St. Jude explains his purpose in writing this epistle.
We had long planned to write; but a sudden danger
immediately caused him to send in writing a warning plea,
urging the faithful to preserve unchanged the deposit
of faith which had been transmitted to them by the Apostles.
Ravenous wolves have entered it. It had not been so very long ago that
Christ indicated such deceivers would menace the Church. (Jn 10: 1).
Two charges are brought against these particular agents of betrayal and destructions:

First, they abused the grace of God by indulging in licentiousness
(demanding excessive freedom from rules of constraint,
especially regarding the passions).

Secondly, by their immoral conduct they denied in practice the
authority if God and of Jesus Christ: and indeed of those placed
in authority in the Church by our Lord.

It is a timeless warning for the Church to be constantly on guard
against infiltration of those who seek to destroy authority.

 

Beloved, while I was making every endeavour to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have stealthily entered in, who long ago were marked out  for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of God into wantonness (1) and disown our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

(1)   wantonness — lack (therefore ‘want’) of restraint.

 
 

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

 

Thinking of the Lord’s coming, the Church asks God to forget our sins and to listen only to His mercy.

 

O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all piety, give ear to the devout prayers of Your Church; and grant that what we ask with faith, we may obtain effectually.  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 Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection