Electronic Prayer Book

Friday Evening

 

Sexagesima

 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
  • Awake! Why are You asleep, O Lord? Arise! Cast us off not forever! Why do You hide Your face, forgetting our oppression? Our bodies are pressed to the earth. Arise, O Lord, help us, and deliver us. O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us.
 
  • You have rocked the country, O Lord, and split it open. Repair the cracks in it for it is tottering. That they may flee out of bowshot; that Your loved ones may escape.

 

  • I will go into the altar of God, the God of my gladness and joy.
 
  • Make my steps steadfast in Your paths, that my feet may not falter. Incline Your ear to me; hear my word. Show Your wondrous kindness, O Lord, Saviour of those who trust in You.

 

  • Let the nations know that God is Your name; You alone are the Most High over all the earth. O my God, make them like leaves in a whirlwind, like chaff before the wind.
 
 

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 11: 1 — 8

 
 
 

The whole earth used the same language and the same speech. While men were migrating eastward they discovered a valley in the land of Shinah and settled there. They said to one another, “Come let us make bricks and bake them”. They used bricks for stone and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves lest we be scattered all over the earth”.

The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which men had built. And the Lord said, “Truly, they are one people and they all have the same language. This is the beginning of what they will do. Hereafter they will not be restrained from anything which they determine to do. Let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them from that place all over the earth, and they stopped building the city.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

A 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.

 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

God has shown might with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

   
       

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

God has shown might with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

 
 

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

 
 
 

O God, You see that we do not trust in anything which we ourselves can do; mercifully grant, that by the protection of the teacher of the Gentiles, we may be defended against all adversities. 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