4. Holy Week – Evening Prayer – Good Friday

Introduction to each hour (Same introduction used everyday unless stated)

  • O God, come to my aid;
  • 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.

Opening Hymn ;

O thou our reminder · of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of · us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness · man was meant to find.

Bring the tender tale true · of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in · what thy bosom ran –
Blood whereof a single · drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness · of its world of sin.

Jesu, whom I look at · shrouded here below,
I beseech thee send me · what I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze ón thee · face to face in light
And be blest for ever · with thy glory’s sight.

Psalmody

Anthipon 1 : Look well, all you peoples, and see my suffering

Psalm 116:10-19

I trusted, even when I said:
I am sorely afflicted,
and when I said in my alarm:
“No man can be trusted.”

How can I repay the Lord
for his goodness to me?
The cup of salvation I will raise;
I will call on the Lord’s name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill
before all his people.
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful.

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;
I will call on the Lord’s name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfill
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.

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.

Anthipon 1 : Look well, all you peoples, and see my suffering.

Anthipon 2 : My soul is in anguish, my heart is in torment.

Psalm 143:1-11

Lord, listen to my prayer:
turn your ear to my appeal.
You are faithful, you are just; give answer.
Do not call your servant to judgment
for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead, long forgotten.
Therefore my spirit fails;
my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:
I ponder all your works.
I muse on what your hand has wrought
and to you I stretch out my hands.
Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;
for my spirit fails within me.
Do not hide your face
lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.
Make me know the way I should walk:
to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will
for you, O Lord, are my God.
Let your good spirit guide me
in ways that are level and smooth.

For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;
in your justice save my soul from distress.

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.

Anthipon 2 : My soul is in anguish, my heart is in torment.

Anthipon 3: When Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said: “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and died.

Canticle (Philippians 2:6-11)

Though he was in the form of God,
Jesus did not deem equality with God
something to be grasped at.

Rather, he emptied himself
and took the form of a slave,
being born in the likeness of men.

He was known to be of human estate
and it was thus that he humbled himself,
obediently accepting even death,
death on a cross!

Because of this,
God highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
above every other name,

So that at Jesus’ name
every knee must bend
in the heavens, on the earth,
and under the earth,
and every tongue proclaim
to the glory of God the Father:
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

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.

Anthipon 3 : When Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said: “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and died.

Scripture (1 Peter 2:21-24)

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

In place of the responsory, the following is said:

  • For our sake Christ was obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross.

Magnificant

Anthipon: When we were his enemies, God reconciled us to himself by the death of his Son.

Magnificant (Canticle of Mary) Canticle used every evening and never changes.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
My Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
For He has looked with favour 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 be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Anthipon: When we were his enemies, God reconciled us to himself by the death of his Son.

Intercessions

  • Today, we lovingly remember the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, from which was born new life for the whole world. Let us turn to God the Father and say:
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Give unity to your Church.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Sanctify your people, both clergy and laity by your Spirit.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Increase faith and understanding in those under instruction.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Gather all Christians in unity.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Lead those who do not know you to the fullness of your redemption.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Enlighten with your glory those who not yet believe in Christ.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Show the marks of your love in creation to those who deny them,
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Guide the minds and hearts of those who govern us.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Console all who are troubled.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Have pity on those who have died.
    • Response : By the merits of your Son’s death, hear us, Lord.
  • Personal intentions with the response repeated for each intention.
    • Response: Sanctify the people you redeemed by your blood.

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

Father,
look with love upon your people,
the love which the Lord Jesus Christ showed us
when he delivered Himself to evil men
and suffered the agony of the cross,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Conclusion of the hours (Repeated at every hour of the day except at night)

May the lord bless us, keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen

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NOTE: Please do take note. The readings are taken from https://liturgies.net/ and compressed on this site to reduce confusion (basing on the confusions I had when I started Divine Office Readings)