Electronic Prayer Book

Friday Evening

 

Septuagesima

 
 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

Opening

 

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my 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.

Halleluia.

 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Have mercy on me, O God, and of my sin cleanse me; for against You only have I sinned.
 
  • I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me.

 

  • Blessed are You in the firmament of
    heaven, and praiseworthy forever,
    O our God.
 
  • O God, my God, I long for You
    at break of day, because You
    are my helper.

 

  • Praise the Lord from the
    heavens.
 
 

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 tre 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.

 

 
 

Readings — Genesis 4: 25 to 5: 1 — 5

 
 
 

Adam knew his wife again and she bore a son and called him Seth, saying, “God has given me another chiuld in place of Abel whom Cain slew.” Seth also had a son whom he called Enosh; he began to call on the name of the Lord.

This is a record of the descendants of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and called them Man when they were created. When Adam was one hundred and thirty years old, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image, and he called him Seth. Adam lived eight hundred years after the birth of Seth, and had other sons and daughters. The whole lifetime of Adam was nine hundred and thirty years; then he died.

When Mahalalel was sixty-five years old he became the father of Jared. Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years after the birth of Jared, and had other sons and daughters. The whole lifetime of Mahalalel was eight hundred and ninety-five years; then he died. When Jared was one hundred and sixty-two years old, he became the father of Enoch. Jared lived eight hundred years after the birth of Enoch, and had other sons and daughters. The whole life-time of Jared was nine hundred and sixty-two years; then he died. When Enoch was sixty-five years old, he became the father of Methuselah.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

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.

V. To His Angels God has given command about you.

R. That they guard you in all your ways.

 

 
 

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
   
       

Monday

“What you have done for one of these, the least of my brethren, you have done for me, says the Lord.

Tuesday

“For it is written that My house is a house of prayer for all peoples; but you have made it a den of thieves.” And He was teaching daily in the temple.

Wednesday

Even as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth.

Thursday

O woman, great is your faith; your petition is granted.

Friday

He who made me well said to me, “Take up your pallet and walk in peace”.

       

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

He who made me well said to me, “Take up your pallet and walk in peace”.

 
 

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

 
 
 

Look graciously, O Lord, upon those who bow before Your Divine Presence, that those who have been refreshed by Your grace may always be sustained by Your heavenly assistance. 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.

 

Closing

   
 

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.
Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection