Friday after Ashes

disciples and bridegroom

Service of Light


 We light the Evening Candle and say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord!

~Thanks be to God!


O Adonai, You are my Light;

~My God, You  illumine the darkness.



Take up your cross, the Savior said, If you would my disciple  be;

Deny yourself, the world forsake, And  humbly follow after me.


Take up your cross, let not its weight Fill your weak spirit with alarm;

His strength will lift your spirit up And brace your heart and nerve your arm.


Take up your cross, heed not the shame, Nor let your foolish pride rebel;

Our Love for  you the cross endured and fought the pow’rs of death and hell.


Take up your cross, and follow Christ, Nor think till death to lay it down;

For only those who bear the cross May hope  to wear the glorious crown.  Amen.

Tune: DISTRESS L.M. (Southern Harmony 1835); Text: C.W. Everest (1814-1877), alt.





Let me sing the praises of my Love

let all creatures bless the holy Name

Psalm 144/145b

All your creatures shall thank you, Adonai,

and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign

and declare your might, O God,


Let them make known to all

your might and your glorious reign.

Your dominion lasts forever

your rule for all generations.


You are faithful in all your words

and loving in all your deeds.

You support those who have fallen

and raise all those who are bowed down.


The eyes of all creatures look to you

and you give them their food in due season.

You open wide your hand

to feed all living things.


Most just in all your ways

most loving in every deed.

You are near to all who call

who cry out from their hearts.


You grant them their desires,

hear their cry and save them.

You protect and keep alive

All who strive to love.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD,

and to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

 Let me sing the praises of my Love

let all creatures bless the holy Name.

Reading   James 5: 16, 19-20

Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may find healing.  The fervent  petition of those who are holy is powerful indeed.  My brothers & sisters, the case may arise among you of some straying from the truth, and of others bringing them back. Remember this:  those who bring sinners back from false ways will  save their souls from death and cancel a multitude of sins.


R. To walk with me, *take up your cross and follow me.

V. Deny your false self day after day *take up your cross and follow me.

V. Glory to the ONE, to the WORD, and to the Holy BREATH of Life.

Gospel Canticle of Mary


If you wish to be my disciple, you must deny your false self,

then take up your cross and follow me.

It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.


All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,


Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,


Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.


Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.


Glory to the ONE and to  WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

If you wish to be my disciple, you must deny your false self,

then take up your cross and follow me.


Service of Prayer

Litany of Intercession

Grant us pardon and peace:

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Forgive our sins and neglect:

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Give us true faith and undying hope in your love for us:

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Strengthen our resolve to follow Christ more closely this Lenten Season:

~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


May we live each day more simply so that others may simply live:

 ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Grant light and peace to all those who have died  and consolation to those who grieve them:   ~God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


Closing Prayer & Blessing

May the sweet incense of our evening prayers rise before you, Gracious  God, and may your loving-kindness fall upon us, that with purified hearts and minds we may sing your praise with the hosts of heaven and the whole of creation and glorify you forever;

for your love is the power that has created all things, sustains all things, and frees all things to join you in building the future now and forever.  Amen.


May the God of Compassion +   bless us with forgiveness and fill our hearts with loving-kindness for all people and all creation .   Amen.


Let us bless Adonai!    ~And give thanks to God.




Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon. Ave Regina Caelorum is sung from the 3rd of February until Good Friday, inclusive.

Queen of the heavens we greet you, Queen of Angels now we entreat you,

Fairest flower, heaven’s portal From whom came the Light immortal.

Matchless maiden, God did raise you For the Universe to praise you.

Hear us, O hear us, dear Mother; Show your children Jesus, our brother.


Gracious Queen of the Universe.

~ Intercede for us with Christ your Son.


Let us pray.  O Gracious God, grant to your people lasting health of mind and of body. Send us your assistance in times of temptation.  May we who celebrate the memory of the Holy Mother of God, rise from our sins by the help  of her intercession.  We ask this through Christ our Love.  Amen.