Novena Day 8 – Friday 13th May

with an early 15th Century writer

A SHORT OFFICE

V/. O God, make speed to save us.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help us.

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. Alleluia.

‘Image of Pity’, 1532, Wellingham, Norfolk.

‘Image of Pity’, 1532, Wellingham, Norfolk.

O! Mankinde
Have in thee minde
My passion smert
And thou shall finde
Me full kinde
Lo! Here my heart

(O! Mankind
Keep in mind
My intense love
And you shall find
Me more than generous in return
Lo! Here is my heart)

English, early 15th century

Silent Reflection

PSALM 84 (83)

O how amiable are thy dwellings, * thou Lord of hosts!
My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord; * my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young; * even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house; * they will be alway praising thee.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; * in whose heart are thy ways.
Who going through the vale of misery use it for a well; * and the pools are filled with water.
They will go from strength to strength, * and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; * hearken, O God of Jacob.
Behold, O God our defender, * and look upon the face of thine anointed.
For one day in thy courts * is better than a thousand.
I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, * than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
For the Lord God is a light and defence; * the Lord will give grace and worship; and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.
O Lord God of hosts, * blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.
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.

LORD’S PRAYER
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 them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Collect
Eternal Light, shine into our hearts;
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil;
Eternal Power, be our support;
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance;
Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us;
that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength
we may seek thy face and be brought by thine infinite mercy to thy holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessed Alcuin of York (c. 735 – 804)
Deacon, educator, scholar, and theologian;
made head of the cathedral school at York around 770.

May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
or
May the Lord bless us, may he keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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