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Friday Evening

 

Following Twentieth 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.

 
  • All that You have done to us, O Lord,  You have done in true judgment; because we have sinned against You, and we have not obeyed Your commandments; but give glory to Your name, and deal with us according to the multitude of Your mercy. Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
 
  • The eyes of all look hopefully to You, O Lord, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

 

  • By the streams of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered you, O Zion.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast; I will sing and chant praise to You, my glory. Halleluia.

 

 

  • Remember Your word to your servant, O Lord, since You have given me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction.
 
 

From Psalm 137 [138]

Prayers of Thanksgiving.
 

I will give thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;

In the presence of the angels I will sing praises to you, I will prostrate myself toward your holy temple, and I will praise your name because of your kindness and faithfulness, for you have magnified above all your name and your promise.

When I call upon you, you answered me you increased strength within me.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth.

And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord; “Great indeed is the glory of the Lord.”

 

Indeed the Lord is high, yet he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he regards from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of tribulation, you preserve my life, you stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies, your right hand saves me.

The Lord will complete his work in my behalf. O Lord, your kindness is everlasting; forsake not the works of your hands.

 

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 — 2nd St. John 7 — 8

 

St. John has already established in verse 1 that it is the
common possession of truth that unites Christians.
The implication of this, of course, is that when loyalty to the truth
bequeathed to the Church by her divine Founder, our Lord Jesus Christ,
becomes divided, then distortion and final collapse follow naturally.
St. John focuses on the critically essential faith in the divinity
and incarnation of Jesus Christ: that is, the mystery of God the Son
becoming a human being and living as one of us, in our midst.
He comes straight out with a clear warning to the Church at all times:
many seducers are seeking to undermine this truth in many subtle ways
which all tend to towards down-grading of Christ’s unique position and role.

St. John cautions the faithful to examine carefully their own beliefs
and actions and discern whether they conform to what has been passed
down to them by our Lord and His appointed Apostles.
Failure to carry out such an evaluation is likely to endanger the
true Faith and permit ruin and loss of all that has been gained as well
as all that has been promised in the final Return of the Lord.
Make sure, He says, that what you believe and do will keep you
on the path to heaven, and be vigilant of those who will try and deflect you.

This point is particularly important. St. John is emphatic: “Look to yourselves”.
The tradition passed down in the Church is that we are to look for and
identify the ‘huge plank’ in our own eye before we complain
to our neighbour about the ‘speck’ in their eyes (St. Matt. 7: 3).
In other words, Christians are not to project an apparent façade
of holy indignation about the evil in others without first
confessing its presence in our own lives and doing something about it.
That is, we should be very sure our own house is in order before we lay
the blame on others for the ills in our society — even more so, in the Church!
Righteous indignation in such cases can be a pretense — a cover up of our own
failings which allowed evil to progress when it should have been demolished.

 

 

For many deceivers have gone forth into the world who do not confess Jesus as the Christ coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist. Look to yourselves, that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward.

 
 

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

 

Guilty man needs God’s pardon and peace.

 

Be appeased, O Lord, we implore You, and grant to Your faithful people pardon and peace; that they may both be cleansed from all their offences, and serve You with secure minds. 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