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Friday Evening Prayer for those who celebrate Ascension on Sunday

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
Ordinary: 1064
Proper of Seasons: 943
Psalter: Friday, Week II, 1334

Christian Prayer:
Ordinary: 694
Proper of Seasons: 571
Psalter: Friday, Week II, 840

Evening Prayer for Friday in Week 6 of Easter before Ascension

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Sweet Lord Jesus Christ,
I thank you and I am grateful to you
for what you have endured for me in your agony.
Sweet Lord Jesus Christ,
I thank you that in your great anxiety,
an angel came from heav'n above to comfort you.

Chorus: I ask you my Lord
of your love and of your mercy,
that you may be my help
in the time of my suff'ring
and send me an angel to comfort me,
to comfort me.

Sweet Lord Jesus Christ,
I thank you and I am grateful to you
for your surrendered prayer of love in your agony.
Sweet Lord Jesus Christ,
I thank you that in your great anxiety,
an angel came from heav'n above to comfort you.

Chorus: I ask you my Lord
of your love and of your mercy,
that you may be my help
in the time of my suff'ring
and send me an angel to comfort me,
to comfort me.

𝄞"Angel Of The Agony" by Briege O'Hare And Marie Cox • Available on iTunesAvailable for Purchase • Text: Richard Rolle -14th Cent.;Arranged by: Briege O'Hare Bosc and Owen Smith; Keyboard: Owen Smith. Guitar: Martin McAllister; Sung by: Marie Cox RSM; Backing Vocals: Marie Coxs RSM and Karen Small OSC; (c) 1999 Hermitage Productions; Used by permission • Albums that contain this Hymn: The Company of Angel's

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 The Lord has rescued my life from the grasp of hell, alleluia.

Psalm 116:1-9
Thanksgiving

We must endure many trials before entering God’s kingdom (Acts 14:21)

I love the Lord for he has heard
the cry of my appeal;
for he turned his ear to me
in the day when I called him.

They surrounded me, the snares of death,
with the anguish of the tomb;
they caught me, sorrow and distress.
I called on the Lord’s name.

O Lord, my God, deliver me!

How gracious is the Lord, and just;
our God has compassion.
The Lord protects the simple hearts;
I was helpless so he saved me.

Turn back, my soul, to your rest
for the Lord has been good;
he has kept my soul from death,
my eyes from tears
and my feet from stumbling.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord
in the land of the living.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

God of power and mercy, through your Son’s passion and resurrection you have freed us from the bonds of death and the anguish of separation from you. Be ever with us on our pilgrimage; then we shall sing rather than weep. Keep our feet from stumbling, so that we may be able to follow you until we come to eternal rest.

Ant. The Lord has rescued my life from the grasp of hell, alleluia.

Ant. 2 The Lord watches over his people, and protects them as the apple of his eye, alleluia.

Psalm 121
Guardian of his people

Never again will they hunger and thirst, never again know scorching heat (Revelation 7:16)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.

The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard you soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father’s eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil until the end.

Ant. The Lord watches over his people, and protects them as the apple of his eye, alleluia.

Ant. 3 The Lord is my strength, I shall always praise him, for he has become my Savior, alleluia.

Canticle – Revelation 15:3-4
Hymn of adoration

Mighty and wonderful are your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!

Who would dare refuse you honor,
or the glory due your name, O Lord?

Since you alone are holy,
all nations shall come
and worship in your presence.
Your mighty deeds are clearly seen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The Lord is my strength, I shall always praise him, for he has become my Savior, alleluia.

READING Hebrews 5:8-10

Son though he was, Christ learned obedience from what he suffered; and when perfected, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, designated by God as high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

RESPONSORY

The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.

When they saw the risen Lord,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The disciples rejoiced, alleluia, alleluia.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. To those who ask him, the Father will send the Holy Spirit, alleluia.

Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. To those who ask him, the Father will send the Holy Spirit, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

Let us praise Christ, the source of all life and the foundation of all virtue:
Lord, establish your kingdom in the world.

Jesus our Savior, you died in your human nature but were restored to life by the Spirit,
make us die to sin, and live by the Spirit.
Lord, establish your kingdom in the world.

You sent your disciples into the whole world to preach the Gospel to every creature,
inspire those who preach the Gospel to live by your Spirit.
Lord, establish your kingdom in the world.

All power in heaven and on earth has been given to you, to bear witness to the truth,
keep the hearts of those who govern us faithful to the truth.
Lord, establish your kingdom in the world.

You make all things new, and command us to wait and watch for your kingdom,
grant that the more we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the more we may seek to better this present world.
Lord, establish your kingdom in the world.

You went down among the dead to bring them the good news of the Gospel,
be the great joy and hope of all the dead.
Lord, establish your kingdom in the world.

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.

Concluding Prayer

O God,
who restore us to eternal life
in the Resurrection of Christ,
raise us up, we pray, to the author of our salvation,
who is seated at your right hand,
so that, when our Savior comes again in majesty,
those you have given new birth in Baptism
may be clothed with blessed immortality.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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