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Friday Evening – Pentecost Octave




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 Pentecost 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.

  • Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, that I may sing. My lips shall shout for joy as I sing Your praises, Halleluia, Halleluia.
  • In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your justice rescue me, and deliver me. Halleluia.



  • Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live, Halleluia.
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. O how good and sweet is Your Spirit, O Lord, within us! Halleluia. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


  • I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you again, and your heart shall rejoice, Halleluia.

From Psalm 140 [141]

Lead us not into Temptation


O Lord, I call to you: hasten to help me; listen to my voice, when I call you.

Let my prayer rise to you like incense, the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth, keep watch at the door of my lips.

Incline not my heart to any evil, to engage in wicked deeds; And with men who do wrong let
me never feed on their choice foods.

Let the just man strike me; it Is kindness; let him rebuke me: it is oil for the head.

Which my head shall not refuse, but I will still always pray under their corrections.


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 — Joel 2: 23 — 24 and 26 — 27


The prophet Joel had described the coming of Messianic
times as a return to an era of exceptional prosperity.
The abundance of the harvests would be as it were the visible sign
of God’s protection and of His presence in the midst of His people


Thus says the Lord God: “O children of Zion, rejoice and be joyful in the Lord your God: because He has given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you as in the beginning. And the floors shall be full with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil. And you shall eat in plenty, and shall be filled; and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has done wonders with you, and My people shall not be confounded forever. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides: and My people shall not be confounded forever,” says the Lord almighty.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Hymn for Evening


Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come
From Your bright heavenly throne,
Come take possession of our souls,
And make them all Your own.

You who are called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction and true love.

You who are sevenfold in your grace,
Finger of God’s right hand;
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand.

O guide our minds with Your blest light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with Your strength, which ne’er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.


Far from us drive our deadly foe;
True peace unto us bring;
And through all perils lead us safe
Beneath Your sacred wing.

Through You may we the Father know,
Through You the eternal Son,
And You the blessed Spirit of them both,
Thrice-blessed Three in One.

All glory to the Father be,
With His co-equal Son:
The same to You, great Paraclete
While endless ages run.

[Ascribed to Rabanus Maurus,
776—856.  Tr. Anon.]


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.


“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your mind whatever I have said to you, 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.



Pentecost Octave Evening Prayer

Cleanse our hearts, we pray You, Lord, by Your coming,
so that our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, may find within us a dwelling prepared for Him:
who being God, lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Let us Pray

Grant to Your Church, we implore You, O merciful God, that being gathered together in the Holy Spirit, she may in no way be troubled by any hostile attacks. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the same 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 During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection