Electronic Prayer Book

Friday Evening

Week following Fourth Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

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 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.

 
  • Christ died once for 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.
 
  • Christ has risen from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also comes resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made to live,
 
  • Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more, dearth shall no longer have dominion over him. For the death that he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life that he lives, he lives unto God.
 
  • If you have risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.
 

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 to 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 the head, which my head shall not refuse, but I will always pray under their corrections.

Beside the rock their leaders were let go free, and they heard, how mild my words were.

As when the ploughman breaks a furrow in the ground, so their bones lie scattered at the entrance to the abyss.

For to you, O Lord God, my eyes are not turned; in you I take refuge: take not away my life

 

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 19: 1 — 5

 
 
 

After these things I heard as it were a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven, saying, “Halleluia! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. For true and just are his judgments, who has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hands.” And again they have said, “Halleluia! And the smoke of her goes up forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God who sits on the throne, and they said, “Amen! Halleluia!” And a voice came forth from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, and you who fear him, the small and the great!”

 
 

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
   
       
 

“I am going to Him who sent Me. But because I have spoken to you these things, sadness has filled your heart, 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

 

To live as baptised Christians, loyal to God, in the shifting and difficult
conditions of life on earth is only possible with the help of His grace,
which alone keeps our hearts “where true joys are”.

 

O God, You make the minds of the faithful to be of one will; grant to Your people to love that which You command, and to desire that which You promise; that amidst the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where there are true joys. Through the same Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the 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