Friday Night


℣: O God, make speed to save us.
℟: O Lord, make haste to help us.
℣: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
℟: As it was in the beginning is now and will be forever. Amen.
Except in Lent add: Alleluia.


Te lucis ante terminum,
Rerum Creator poscimus,
Ut pro tua clementia
Sis præsul et custodia.

Procul recedant somnia,
Et noctium phantasmata;
Hostemque nostrum comprime,
Ne polluantur corpora.

Præsta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne sæculum.


To Thee before the close of the day
Creator of the world, we pray
That with Thy wonted favor Thou
Wouldst be our Guard and Keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
From nightly fears and fantasies;
Tread under foot our ghostly foe,
That no pollution we may know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and Thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.


Psalm 88
Domine Deus

Antiphon: Lord my God, I call for help by day, I cry at night before Thee.

  1. O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: O let my prayer enter into thy presence, incline thine ear unto my calling.
  2. For my soul is full of trouble: and my life draweth nigh unto hell.
  3. I am counted as one of them that go down into the pit: and I have been even as a man that hath no strength.
  4. Free among the dead, like unto them that are wounded, and lie in the grave: who are out of remembrance, and are cut away from thy hand.
  5. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit: in a place of darkness, and in the deep.
  6. Thine indignation lieth hard upon me: and thou hast vexed me with all thy storms.
  7. Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me: and made me to be abhorred of them.
  8. I am so fast in prison: that I cannot get forth.
  9. My sight faileth for very trouble: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched forth my hands unto thee.
  10. Dost thou shew wonders among the dead: or shall the dead rise up again, and praise thee?
  11. Shall thy loving-kindness be shewed in the grave: or thy faithfulness in destruction?
  12. Shall thy wondrous works be known in the dark: and thy righteousness in the land where all things are forgotten?
  13. Unto thee have I cried, O Lord: and early shall my prayer come before thee.
  14. Lord, why abhorrest thou my soul: and hidest thou thy face from me?
  15. I am in misery, and like unto him that is at the point to die: even from my youth up thy terrors have I suffered with a troubled mind.
  16. Thy wrathful displeasure goeth over me: and the fear of thee hath undone me.
  17. They came round about me daily like water: and compassed me together on every side.
  18. My lovers and friends hast thou put away from me: and hid mine acquaintance out of my sight.

    Glory be 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.
Short reading: Jeremiah 14:9

Thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.

Short Responsory

℣: Into Thy hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
℟: Into Thy hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
℣: Thou hast redeemed us, Lord God of truth.
℟: Into Thy hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
℣: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
℟: Into Thy hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

Gospel Canticle: Nunc dimittis.

Antiphon: Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping; * that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

LORD, ✠ now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, * according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen * thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be 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.


VISIT, we beseech thee, O Lord, this habitation, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; Let thy holy Angels dwell herein to preserve us in peace, and let thy blessing be ever upon us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

✠ The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect death. Amen.

Marian Antiphon
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