FRIDAY

Dominant idea of the day's Office:

Love of God shown by devotion to the Holy Eucharist.

Prayer Before Reciting The Office
 

O LORD, open my mouth to bless Thy holy name; cleanse my heart too, from all vain, perverse, and distracting thoughts; enlighten my understanding, inflame my affections: that I may recite this Office with worthy attention and devotion, and may merit to be heard in the sight of Thy Divine majesty.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen. 


Lord, I offer Thee these Hours in union with that Divine intention wherewith Thou didst offer praise to God while Thou wert on earth. 

MATINS

(For the sick)

Clap your hands, all you nations, shout to God with a voice of rejoicing, for the Lord on high is terrible, the great king over all the earth… 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

For our Most Holy Father in Heaven, our King, ages ago sent His Beloved Son down from on high; and He has wrought salvation in the midst of the earth…

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth exult, let the sea be roused and the many things filling it, let the fields be glad with everything in them.  Sing a new hymn to Him.  All the earth sing to the Lord…

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

Bring to the Lord, O you counties of the Gentiles, bring to the Lord glory and honor, bring the Lord glory for his Name…

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

Bring your own person to carry His Holy Cross, and to follow His Most Holy Commandments to the very end.  Let all the earth be roused at His sight.  Proclaim among the nations that the Lord is ruling.  

(Vespers Office of the Passion)  

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

LAUDS

(For the dying)

Be praised, my Lord, for those who grant pardon for love of Thee,

And endure infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are they who maintain themselves in peace,

For from Thee, Most High, they shall have their crown.  

(Canticle of the Sun) 

   Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

PRIME

(For employees)

It was the Father’s Will that His Blessed and Glorious Son should offer Himself as a sacrifice and victim on the altar of the Cross by means of his own Blood, leaving us an example to follow in his footsteps.  

(Letter to All the Faithful)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

TIERCE

(For employers)

It is for us to renounce ourselves and place our person under the yoke of His service and holy obedience as each of us has promised the Lord.  

(Letter to All the Faithful) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

SEXT

(For the Catholic Press)

Blessed is the servant who always keeps the enemy (of his person) under control and guards himself prudently against him; for, let him do that, and no enemy visible or invisible can do him any harm.  

(Tenth Admonition)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

NONE

(For the Pope)

Let the time come when those who should oblige the servant of God, do the contrary to him and what degree of patience and humility he has then, that is the degree he has and no more.  (Thirteenth Admonition) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

VESPERS

(For government officials)

Holy Obedience confounds all selfishness of flesh and body, and keeps the body mortified to obey the spirit, and to obey one’s fellow man.  

(Salute to the Virtues)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

COMPLINE

(For servicemen)

The spirit of the Lord applies itself to humility and patience, to unaffected simplicity and true spiritual peace, and always craves to possess above all the fear of God, the Divine wisdom and the Divine love of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  (First Rule of the Friars Ch. 17)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Prayer After Reciting The Office

 

TO THE MOST HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY,

to the humanity of our crucified Lord Jesus Christ, to the fruitful purity of the most glorious and blessed Mary ever Virgin, and to all the Saints, be everlasting praise, honor, power and glory rendered by every creature, and to us be given the remission of all our sins, for all eternity.  Amen. 

V. Blessed womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the Eternal Father, 

R. And blessed breasts, which nursed the Christ Our Lord.

Our Father, Hail Mary

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