Electronic Prayer Book

Friday Evening

 
 

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.

 

Introduction

 

The Octave of Easter (or Easter week as perhaps it is more often called now) was formerly one long festival, during which servile work was forbidden. Each day the new members of the Church were present at the celebration of the Eucharist wearing their white robes, the symbol of their new state. The week for them was a continual spiritual feast. During the whole week we hear sometimes about the Resurrection and some times about Baptism. Let us all be of one mind and heart, in proclaiming together our new faith in the risen Christ Jesus, our Lord, and through baptism our share in His Resurrection.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

In Time After Easter the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal — 1962.)

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.

 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Say among the nations: the Lord has reigned from a tree, Halleluia.
 
  • This day shall be a memorial feast for you, and you shall celebrate it as a solemn feast to the Lord from generation to generation; an everlasting legal day, Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 140 [141]

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 tre 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.

 

 

Reading — 1 Peter 3: 18 — 22

 

As we read in the morning Gospel passage,
within the fold of the Church is realised that work of divine generosity
prefigured by Noah’s ark and from which the righteous of all times,
in some way that is hidden from us, are called to benefit.

 

Dearly beloved, Christ died once for all sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. Put to death indeed in the flesh, He was brought to life in the Spirit, in which also He went and preached to those spirits that were in prison. These in times past had been disobedient when the patience of God waited in the days of Noah while the ark was building. In that ark a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water. Its counterpart, Baptism, now saves you also (not the putting off of the filth of the flesh, but the inquiry of a good conscience after God), through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord; Who is at the right hand of God.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Evening

 

We call on the whole of creation (the heavens, the earth and the Church) to join us in rejoicing at the Lord’s victory over death.

  • Let the angelic choirs of heaven now rejoice; let the divine mysteries be celebrated with joy; and let the trumpet of salvation resound for victory of so great a King.
  • Let the earth also rejoice, illumined with such resplendent rays; and enlightened with the brightness of the eternal King, let it feel that the darkness of the whole world is dispersed.
  • Let also our mother the Church rejoice, adorned with the brightness of so great a light; and may this temple (1) resound with the joyful voices of the people.

(1) This temple — echoes of the Dedication of the temple in 2 Chronicles 7: 9.
Here the Church, the Body of Christ, is the new temple of God’s Presence in the world.
(John 2: 19 and 1 Cor. 12: 12 — 14)

 

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
   
       
 

All power is given to Me in heaven and on earth, Halleluia.

   
       

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

 

All powerful eternal God, You have made of the paschal mystery the alliance that reconciles our humanity to You. Grant this grace to our souls, that what we celebrate in faith we may put into practice in our lives. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever.

 

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