Office of the Passion St. Francis of Assisi
Francis before crucifix

Francis before crucifix

I. PRAYERS SAID BEFORE THE LITTLE OFFICE AT ALL HOURS

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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.

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.

PRAISES
Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who is and who was and who is to come.

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever. Lord our God, you are worthy to receive praise and glory and honor and blessing

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever. The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength, and honor and glory and blessing.

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.Let us bless the Father and the Son with the Holy Spirit:

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever. Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.Sing praise to our God, all you his servants and you who fear God, the small and the great.

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever. Let heaven and earth praise him who is glorious

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever. And every creature that is in heaven and on earth and under earth and in the sea and those which are in them.

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Let us praise and glorify him above all forever.
Let us pray All-powerful, most holy, most high, and supreme God: all good, supreme good, totally good, You who alone are good; May we give you all praise, all glory, all thanks, all honor: all blessing, and all good things. So be it. So be it. Amen.

Then before beginning the appropriate psalm, the following antiphon is recited:
Antiphon Holy Virgin Mary, among women, there is no one like you born into the world: you are the daughter and the servant of the most high and supreme King and Father of heaven, you are the mother of our most holy Lord Jesus Christ, you are the spouse of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for us with Saint Michael the Archangel and all the powers of the heavens and all the saints
to your most holy beloved Son, the Lord and Master.
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.

II. PSALMS OF ST. FRANCIS

PSALM 1 God, I have told you of my life you have placed my tears in your sight (Ps 55:8b-9). All my enemies were planning evil things against me (Ps 40:8a) and they have taken counsel together (cf. Ps 70:10c). They repaid me evil for you and hatred for my love (cf. Ps 108:5). In return for my love they slandered me but I kept praying (Ps 108:4). My holy Father (Jn 17:11), King of heaven and earth, do not leave me since trouble is near and there is no one to help (Ps 21:12).
Let my enemies be turned back on whatever day I shall call upon You; for now I know that You are my God (Ps 55:10).My friends and my neighbors have drawn near and have stood against me and those who were close to me have stayed far away (Ps 37:12). You have driven my acquaintances far from me
they have made me an abomination to them, I have been handed over and I have not fled! (Ps 87:9).Holy Father (Jn 17:11), do not remove your help from me (Ps 21:20); my God, look to my assistance (cf. Ps 70:12).
Come to my help Lord, God of my salvation (Ps 37:23).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.

PSALM 2 Lord,
God of my salvation I cry to you by day and by night (Ps 87:2).
Let my prayer enter into your sight incline Your ear to my prayer (Ps 87:3).
Look to my soul and free it ransom me from my enemies (Ps 68:19).
Since it is you who drew me out of the womb, you, my hope from my mother’s breasts, I am cast upon you from the womb (Ps 21:10).
From the womb of my mother you are my God do not depart from me (Ps 21:11).
You know my disgrace, and my confusion, and my shame (Ps 68:20).
All those who trouble me are in Your sight and my heart has expected abuse and misery (Ps 68:2la-b).
And I looked for someone who would grieve together with me and there was none and for someone who would console me and I found none (Ps 68:21 c-d).
O God, the wicked have risen against me and they have sought my life in the assembly of the mighty and they have not placed you in their sight (Ps 85:14).
I am numbered among those who go down into the pit; I have become as a man without help, free among the dead (Ps 87:5-6a).
You are my most holy Father my King and my God (cf. Ps 43:5a).
Come to my help Lord, God of my salvation (Ps 37:23).
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.

PSALM 3
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me since my soul places its trust in you (Ps 56:2a).
And I will hope as I stay under the shadow of your wings until wickedness passes by (Ps 56:2b).
I will cry to my most holy Father, the most high, to the Lord, who has done good to me (cf. Ps 56:3).
He has sent from heaven and delivered me. He has disgraced those who have trampled upon me (Ps 56:4a-b).
God has sent his mercy and his truth. He has snatched my life (Ps 56:4c-5a) from the strongest of my enemies
and from those who hated me since they were too strong for me (Ps 17:18). They have prepared a trap for my feet and have bowed down my soul (Ps 56:7a-b).
They have dug a pit before my face and themselves have fallen into it (Ps 56:7c-d).
My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready. I will sing and recite a psalm (Ps 56:8).
Arise, my glory, arise psalter and harp, I will arise at dawn (Ps 56:9).
I will praise You among the peoples, O Lord, I will say a psalm to you among the nations (Ps 56:10).
Since your mercy is exalted even to the skies and your truth even to the clouds (Ps 56:11).
Be exalted above the heavens, O God, and may your glory be above all the earth! (Ps 56:12).
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.

PSALM 4
Have mercy on me, O God, for man has trampled me underfoot all the day long they have afflicted me and they fight against me (Ps 55:2).
My enemies trample upon me all the day long since those who wage war against me are many (Ps 55:3).
All my enemies have been thinking evil things against me they set an evil plan against me (Ps 40:8b-9a).
Those who guarded my life have conspired together (Ps 70:10b).
They went forth and spoke together (Ps 40:7).
All those who see me laugh at me and they have spoken with their lips and have shaken their heads (Ps 21:8).
I am a worm and no man, the scorn of men and the outcast of the people (Ps 21:7).
I have been made a reproach to my neighbor sexceeding all of my enemies a fear for my acquaintances (Ps 30:12a-b).
O holy Father (Jn 17:11), do not keep your help from me but look to my defense (Ps 21:20).
Come to my help, Lord, God of my salvation (Ps 37:23).
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.

PSALM 5I I cried to the Lord with my voice with my voice I made supplication to the Lord (Ps 141:2).
I pour out my prayer in his sight and I speak of my trouble before him (Ps 141:3).
When my spirit failed me you knew my ways (Ps 141:4a-b).
On the path on which I walked the proud have hidden a trap for me (Ps 141:4c-d).
I looked to my right and I saw and there was no one who knew me (Ps 141:5a-b).
I have no means of escape and there is no one who cares for my life (Ps 141:5c-d).
Because of you I have sustained abuse while confusion covers my face (Ps 68:8).
I have been made an outcast to my brothers and a stranger to the children of my mother (Ps 68:9).
Holy Father (Jn 17:11), zeal for your house has consumed me and the abuses of those who have attacked you
have fallen upon me (Ps 68:10).
And against me they have rejoiced and have united together and many scourges were heaped upon me and I knew not why (Ps 34:15).
More numerous than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause (Ps 68:5a-b).
Those who persecute me unjustly, my enemies, have been strengthened must I then restore what I did not steal? (Ps 68:5c-d).
The wicked witnesses who rise up have interrogated me about things of which I am ignorant (Ps 34:11).
They repaid me evil for good (Ps 34:12a) and they harassed me because I pursued good (Ps 37:21).
You are my most holy Father my King and my God (Ps 43:5).
Come to my help, Lord, God of my salvation (Ps 37:23).
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.

PSALM 6O
All of you who pass along the way look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow (Lm 1:12a—b).
For many dogs have surrounded me a pack of evildoers has closed in on me (Ps 21:17).
They have looked and stared upon me they have divided my garments among them and for my tunic they have cast lots (Ps 21:18b—19).
They have pierced my hands and my feet they have numbered all my bones (Ps 21:17c—18a).
They have opened their mouth against me like a lion raging and roaring (Ps 21:14).
I am poured out like water and all of my bones have been scattered (Ps 21:15a—b).
And my heart has become like melting wax in the midst of my bosom (Ps 21:15c).
My strength is dried up liked baked clay and my tongue clings to my jaws (Ps 21:16a-b).
And they have given gall as my food and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink (Ps 68:22).
And they have led me into the dust of death (cf. Ps 21:16c) and they have added grief to my wounds (Ps 68:27b).
I have slept and have risen (Ps 3:6) and my most holy Father has received me with glory (cf. Ps 72:24c).
Holy Father (Jn 17:11), you have held my right hand and you have led me with your counsel (Ps 72:24).
For what is there in heaven for me and besides you what do I want on earth (Ps 72:25)?
See, see that I am God, says the Lord I shall be exalted among the nations and I shall be exalted on the earth (cf. Ps 45:11).
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel (Lk 1:68a), who has redeemed the souls of his servants with his very own most holy Blood and who will not abandon all who hope in him (Ps 33:23).
And we know, for he comes, for he will come to judge justice (cf. Ps 95:13b).
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.  

III. PRAYERS SAID AFTER THE LITTLE OFFICE AT ALL HOURS
The antiphon is repeated Antiphon Holy Virgin Mary, among women, there is no one like you born into the world: you are the daughter and the servant of the most high and supreme King and Father of heaven, you are the mother of our most holy Lord Jesus Christ, you are the spouse of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for us with Saint Michael the Archangel and all the powers of the heavens and all the saints to your most holy beloved Son, the Lord and Master.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.

Then follows the dismissal
Let us bless the Lord, the living and true God; to Him let us always render praise, glory, honor, blessing, and every good. Amen. Amen. So be it. So be it.
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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