Electronic Prayer Book

Friday Morning

Week following Fourth Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

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.

 
 
 

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.

 
  • The Lord has risen from the grave — Who hung upon the Cross for us, Halleluia.
 
  • The Lord has truly risen — and has appeared to Simon, Halleluia.
 
  • The disciples rejoiced — when they saw the Lord, Halleluia.
 
  • 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 83 [84]

Prayer for Holy Communion
 

 

How lovely is your dwelling place O Lord of Hosts! My soul yearns for the courts of the Lord;

My heart and my flesh acclaim the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, wherein to place her young.: Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God!

Happy are they who dwell in your house, O Lord, they praise you without ceasing…

Lord of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob.

Behold, O God, our shield, and look upon the face of your anointed.

Truly one day in your courts is better than a thousand others; I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of sinners.

For the Lord God is a sun and a shield: the Lord bountifully bestows grace and glory, He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly.

O Lord of hosts, happy the man who trusts in you.

 

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 — Philippians 1: 1 — 7

 
 
 

Paul, and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus, that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God in all my remembrance of you, always in my prayers making supplications for you all with joy, because of your association with me in spreading the Gospel of Christ from the first day until now. I am convinced of this, that he who has begun a good work in you will bring it to perfection until the day of Christ Jesus. And I have the right to feel so about you all, because I have you in my heart, all of you, alike in my chains and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, as sharers in my joy.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Morning

 

Dawn gives its light to the sky, heaven re-echoes with praises, the world in triumph shouts aloud its joy and hell in terror roars out its rage.

As He, the king most mighty, comes from death’s underworld cavern and brings in freedom the holy ones, there assembled, to light and life.

His tomb was well guarded, a stone, sealed, covered its entrance. Yet He makes His way out in triumph, a conqueror, and His tomb becomes death’s burial place.

Free from sin’s foul death those who have been born again unto life and so, Jesus, may You be our soul’s unending paschal joy.

Glory be to God the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

These are the words that  I spoke to you while I was with you, Halleluia, Halleluia.

   
       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

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.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
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