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Friday Morning — Week After Ascension

 Week following the Sunday after Ascension


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




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.



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.


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.

  • Halleluia. He has been exalted far above all gods, Halleluia.
  • Halleluia. The Lord in Zion shows His grandeur on high, Halleluia.
  • Halleluia. The Lord in heaven has prepared His throne, Halleluia.

From Psalm 80 [81]

Celebrate God’s Feasts


” ….. Hear, O my people, I will admonish you: Israel, if you would but listen to me!

You shall not have a strange god, nor shall you worship any foreign god:

I am the Lord, your God, who brought you out of Egypt, open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

But my people did not listen to my voice, and Israel did not obey me.

So I abandoned them to the hardness of their heart: let them follow their own devices.

O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways:

I would at once subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes;

Those who hate the Lord would fawn upon him, and their lot would last forever.

But I would feed Israel with the best of wheat, and with honey from the rock would I satiate them”.


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 — Colossians 3: 22 — 25 and 4: 1 — 2


Slaves, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service seeking to please men, but in singleness of heart from fear of the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it from the heart as for the Lord and for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Serve the Lord Christ. For he who does a wrong will reap the wrong he did, and there is no respect of persons with God. Masters, give your slaves what is just and fair, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. Be assiduous in prayer, being wakeful therein with thanksgiving.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Hymn for Morning


Jesus, Author of man’s salvation and delight of his heart, Founder of the world of the redeemed and pure light of God’s lovers,

What feeling of pity was it that compelled you to shoulder the burden of our sins and, though sinless, to undergo death to set us free from death.

May your mercy prevail on You to repair the harm we have suffered and to reward us with the light of happiness, our desire to see You satisfied at last.


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.


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.


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.


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