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Friday Evening


We recommend reading, “The Joy of Lent” as near as practicable to the start of Lent.


Part 1. From the Divine Office




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.



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.

  • A heart contrite and humbled, O God, You will not spurn.
  • For Your name’s sake, O Lord, You will preserve me, in Your justice.
  • When You are angry, O Lord, You will remember mercy.
  • You will turn, O God, and bring us to life; and Your people shall rejoice in You.
  • O Zion, praise Your God, who proclaims His judgments to Israel.

From Psalm 138 [139]

God Knows All, Sees All.

O Lord, you search and know me, you know me, when I sit down and when I stand up. You discern my thoughts from afar;

You see me walking and lying down, and you are familiar with all my ways.

A word is not yet on my tongue; behold, O Lord, you know it all beforehand.

Behind and before you encompass me, and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is to wonderful for me, sublime: far beyond me.

Whither can I go from your spirit? Whither can I flee from your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, you are there; if I am prostrate in the abyss, you are there.


If I take up the wings of the dawn, if I dwell at the end of the sea:

Even there your hand will guide me, and your right hand hold me fast.

If I say: “At least darkness shall cover me, and the night like light surround me:”

Darkness itself is not dark to you and night shines as the day: to you darkness is as light.


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 ▬ Genesis 37: 6 — 22


In those days, Joseph said to his brothers, “Listen to this dream which I had. We were binding sheaves in the field; my sheaf rose up and remained standing, while your sheaves gathered round and bowed down to my sheaf”. His brothers answered, “Are you to be our king? Are you to rule over us”? And because of his dreams and words they hated him more. He had another dream which he also told to his brothers. “I had another dream,” he said. “The sun, and the moon and eleven stars were worshipping me.” When he told that to his father and his brothers, his father reproved him. “What is this dream that you have had?” he said. “Can it be that I and your mother and your brothers will come to bow to the ground before you?” So his brothers envied him, while his father pondered the matter. When his brothers had gone to pasture their father’s flocks at Sichem, Israel said to Joseph, “Your brothers are pasturing the flocks at Sichem; get ready, I will send you to them”. Joseph answered, “I am ready”. “Go then”, said Israel, “and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks; and bring back a report to me”. So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Sichem. A man found Joseph wandering about in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for”? “I am looking for my brothers,” he answered. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing.” The man said, “They have moved on from here because I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothain ‘.” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothain. They saw him in the distance, and before he drew near to them, they plotted to kill him. They said one to another, “Here comes that dreamer! Let us therefore kill him and throw him into a cistern; we can say that a wild beast devoured him. Let us see then what becomes of his dreams”. But when Rueben heard of it, he tried to rescue him from them saying, “We must not kill him”. Then he continued, “Do not shed blood. Throw him into the cistern there in the desert, but do not lay a hand on him”. His purpose was to rescue him from them and restore him to his father.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

A Lenten Prayer from the Bible

From the Canticle of Habakkuk

Habakkuk 3: 2 —19

God’s judgment

This canticle is one of the most magnificent poems of all times. It depicts God the Judge,
coming to pass sentence over all the enemies of His people — the prophet sees Him in a vision.

O Lord I have heard you renown, and seen
O Lord, your work.

In the course of the years show it forth, in the course of the years make it known; in your wrath remember compassion! —

God comes from Theman, the Holy One from Mt Pharan.

Covered are the heavens with his glory, and with his praise the earth is filled.

His splendour spreads like the light; rays shine forth from beside him, where his power is concealed.

Before him goes pestilence and the plague follows in his steps.

When he stands, he makes the earth shake; his looks makes the nations tremble.

The eternal mountains are shattered, the age-old hills bow low, along his ancient ways.

Bared and ready is your bow, filled with arrows is your quiver.

Into streams you split the earth; at sight of you the mountains tremble.

A torrent of rain descends; the ocean gives forth its roar.

The sun forgets the light of its rising, the moon remains in its shelter.


At the light of your flying arrows, at the gleam of your flashing spear. —

In wrath you bestride the earth, in fury you trample the nations.

You come forth to save your own people, to save your anointed one…

I await the day of distress that will come upon the people who attack us.

For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines,

Though the yield of the olive fail and the fields produce no nourishment,

Though the flocks be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

Yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God.

God, my Lord, is my strength, he makes my feet swift as those of hinds and enables me to go upon the heights.


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.



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.



 ”I am the beginning, I who speak with you.”


For one is your Master, who is in heaven, Christ the Lord.


Behold we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to be crucified.


Remember, son, that you received good things in your lifetime, while Lazarus was smitten by misfortunes.


He will utterly destroy those evil men, and will let out the vineyard to other vinedressers, who will render to Him the fruits of their seasons.



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.





Let us pray. Bow down your heads before God. O Lord, grant to Your people, we implore You, health of soul and body, so that, cleaving to good works, they may always deserve to be defended by the protection of Your strength. 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 Lent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection