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Friday Evening – After Ascension

Friday After Ascension




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.



Acclamations For Reflection


During Ascensiontide 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.

  • For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. But when He has come, He will teach you all the truth, Halleluia.


  • For He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He will hear He will speak, and the things that are to come He will declare to you. Halleluia.
  • You make the clouds Your chariot, Lord; You travel on the wings of the wind, Halleluia. You are clothed with majesty and glory, robed in light as with a cloak. Halleluia.
  • I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate To dwell with you forever, the Spirit of truth, Halleluia. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you, To dwell with you forever. Halleluia.

From Psalm 85 [86]

Deliver Us From Evil

Incline your ear, O Lord, answer me, for I am needy and poor.

Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trust in you.

You are my God, be gracious to me, O Lord, for I cry to you constantly.

Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, rich in mercy towards all who call upon you.

Hearken, O Lord, to my prayer, and heed the voice of my supplication.

In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you will answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, and there are no works like yours.

All the nations which you have made will come and worship you, O Lord, and they shall glorify your name.


For you are great and work wonders: you alone are God.

Teach me, O Lord, your way, that I may walk in your truth; direct my heart that it might fear y ur name.

I will thank you, O Lord, my God with all my heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

For your mercy toward me has been great, and you have delivered my soul from the depths of hell.

O God, insolent men have risen up against me, and a crowd of powerful men seek my life, and they do not set you before their eyes.

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, exceedingly kind and faithful.


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 — Revelation 22: 1 — 2


And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming forth from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the city street, on both sides of the river, was the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit according to each month, and the leaves for the healing of the nations.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Nine Days of Prayer to the Holy Spirit

A ‘novena’ [from the Latin 'novem', meaning 9] is nine days of prayer, waiting on the Lord,
based on the model of the first disciples who prayed in common for 9 days
culminating in the coming of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1: 12 — 2: 5).


Day One of Novena


Prayer To The Holy Spirit


You who best console the lonely heart, Refuge in danger, Protector in distress.

You who cleanse the soul of every stain, and heal all its wounds.

Strength of the weak, Support of those on the point of falling.

Teacher of those who are humble of heart, who put down the proud-hearted.

Father of the fatherless, Hope of the poor, Treasure of those in need.

Guiding star of every wayfarer, Harbour for those in danger of shipwreck.

Strength of the living, Salvation of those about to die.

Holy Spirit, and have mercy on me.

St. Augustine


From “Devotions to the Holy Spirit,” by Brian Moore, S.J.
Published by St. Paul Publications 1976.
Used with permission.

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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.


O King of glory, Lord of hosts, this day You ascended triumphantly above all heavens! Leave us not orphans, but send upon us the Promise of the Father, the Spirit of truth, 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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



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.




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.





Lord God all-powerful, we believe that Your only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, ascended on this day to the glory of heaven. Grant us the grace to make our hearts dwell with Him in heaven. This we ask of You through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.




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.


Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection