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Lent 6 Good Friday Evening

 


Part 1. From the Divine Office

We recommend the use of one or more Lenten Devotions at this time, especially near Easter.

Evening Prayer starts with the Acclamations and Psalms

 

Lenten Acclamations For Reflection:—

Acknowledging our sinfulness, our need of repentance, and expressing our strong desire to be restored fully to God’s household.

Each “Acclamation” is, in fact, an antiphon, traditionally said before and after each psalm. Those wishing to follow the custom can choose one of the following for this purpose, or simply pause and meditate on one or more.

     
 
  • God did not spare even His own Son; He delivered Him up for us.
 
  • My spirit is faint within Me, My heart within Me is appalled.

 

 

  • When My soul is in trouble Lord, You will remember Your mercy.
 
  • One robber said to the other, “We are receiving what our deeds deserved; but what wrong has this Man done? 

 

  • Remember me, Lord, when You come into Your kingdom.
   

 

From Psalm 139 [140] : 2 — 10 and 14.

Deliver Us From Evil

 

      Deliver me O Lord from evil men; preserve me from violent men.

      From those who devise evil in their hearts, and stir up wars every day.

      They make these tongues sharp as those of serpents; the venom of asps is under their lips.

      Save me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me violent men.
     
      Who plan to trip up my feet – the proud who have hidden a trap for me.

      They have spread cords for a net; by the wayside they have laid snares for me.

 

      I say to the Lord, You are my God; hearken O lord to my voice of supplication. 

      O Lord, my Lord, my strength and my salvation; You are my helmet in the day of battle.

      Give me not up from my desire to the wicked they have plotted against me. Do not forsake me lest at any time they should triumph.

      Those who surround me lift up their heads; may the mischief which they threaten overwhelm them. 

      Surely the just shall give thanks to Your name the upright shall will dwell in your presence.

 

Reading — Hosea [Osee] 6: 1 — 6

When we are unfaithful our Lord remains faithful.

 

Thus says the Lord: “In their affliction they will rise early to Me: Come and let us return to the Lord, for He has taken us, and He will heal us, He will strike, and He will cure us. He will revive us after two days: on the third day He will raise us up and we shall live in His sight. We shall know and we shall follow on, that we may know the Lord. His going forth is prepared as the morning light and He will come to us as the early and the latter rain to the earth. What shall I do to you, O Ephraim? What shall I do to you O Judah (Juda) Your mercy is as a morning cloud and as the dew that goes away in the morning. For this reason I have hewed them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and your judgments shall go forth as the light. For I desired mercy and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than holocausts.

 

The Reproaches:

 

  • O My people, what have I done to you, or in what way have I offended you? Answer Me.
  • Because I led you out of the land of Egypt, you have prepared a Cross for your Saviour.
  • Because I led you out through the desert forty years, and fed you with manna, and brought you into a land exceeding good, you have prepared a Cross for your Saviour.
  • For your sake I scourged Egypt with its firstborn: and you have scourged Me and delivered Me up.
  • I led you out of Egypt having drowned Pharoah in the Red Sea: and you have delivered Me to the chief priests.
  • I opened the sea before you; and you with a spear have opened My side.
  • I went before you in a pillar of cloud: and you have led Me to the judgment hall of Pilate.
  • I fed you with manna in the desert: and you have beaten Me with blows and scourges.
  • I gave you the water of salvation from the rock to drink: and you have given Me gall and vinegar.
  • For your sake I struck the kings of the Canaanites: and you have struck My head with a reed.
  • I gave you a royal sceptre: and you have given to My head a crown of thorns.
  • I exalted you with great strength: and you have hanged Me on the gibbet of the Cross.
  • What more ought I have done for you, than I have done? I planted you, indeed, My most beautiful vineyard: and you have become most bitter to Me: for in My thirst you gave me vinegar to drink: and with a lance you have pierced the side of your Saviour.

      □   O My people, what have I done to
           you, or in what way have I
           offended you?
           Answer    Me?

                  O Holy God!
                  O Holy strong One!
                  O Holy, immortal One!
                  Have mercy upon us. Amen.

      □   We adore Your Cross, O Lord, and
           we praise and glorify Your holy
           Resurrection, for behold by that
           wood joy came into the whole
           world.

           May God have pity on us and
           bless us; may He let His face
           shine upon us, and have pity
           on us.       Amen.

   

 

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

When Jesus had taken the wine, He
said, “It is consummated!”# And
bowing His head, He gave up His
spirit.

       
      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

When Jesus had taken the wine, He said, “It is consummated!” #

#     And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

 
   

 

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

May Your blessing, we implore You, O Lord, descend copiously upon Your people, who have devoutly recalled the Passion and Death of Your Son, may Your goodness come upon them, may their holy faith increasingly grow, may their eternal redemption be strengthened. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

Almighty and merciful God, by the blessed Passion and Death of Christ You have redeemed us; preserve in us the work of Your mercy; that through participation in this mystery, we may live in everlasting devotion. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.   Amen.

O Lord, remember Your mercies, and sanctify Your children with everlasting protection, for whom Christ, Your Son, by His own Blood, instituted the Paschal mystery#. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.   Amen.

#    “Paschal mystery”
      A traditional Christian term for
      Our Lord’s own Passover, meaning
      The whole Easter event for which
      We have prepared throughout Lent.

End of Evening Prayer.

     
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