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Friday Evening — Week After Ascension

Week following the Sunday 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 your 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: 18 — 21


I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone shall add to them, God will add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if anyone shall take away from the words of this book of this prophecy, God will take away his portion from the book of life, and from the holy city, and from things that are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “It is true, I come quickly!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.


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 Eight of Novena


Prayer To The Holy Spirit


Upon my knees before you, in the sight of the whole heavenly court, I offer myself, body and soul, to you, eternal Spirit.

I adore you for your great glory; I joy for the splendour of your majesty; and wonder at the might of your love.

You are the light and strength of my soul; in you I live and move, and am.

I do desire never to grieve you by unfaithfulness to your grace; and I pray you keep me clear of every stain of sin.

Make me faithful to you in everything, and at all times.

Grant that I may always listen to your voice and obey.

Grant that I may always watch for your light, and follow the leading of your grace.

To you do I cling, and ask you in your mercy to watch over me in my weakness. Amen.

Anonymous [Adapted]


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

[Click here for full acknowledgement]



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.


When the Advocate has come, whom I will send You, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness concerning Me, 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.





Almighty and Everlasting God, grant us both ever to have a will devoted to You, and to serve Your Majesty with a sincere heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, 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