Ember Friday of Pentecost (EF)


To start: no, I didn't skip a day. Pentecost Thursday has a proper Epistle and Gospel, but all the other propers are the same as on Pentecost Sunday, so I don't have a separate post for that day. This Friday, we will continue our celebrations of the Octave of Pentecost and of the Ember Days.

Now, it is worth noting that we are no longer required by canon law to fast or abstain on the Ember Days. However, in §17 of their Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence (1966), the US bishops have encouraged us to continue to observe the ember days. Traditionally, the Ember Days are observed to give us a greater appreciation for God's creation and to remind us of our role as stewards of that creation (something certainly in keeping with the Holy Father's Laudato Si'). Also, the Pentecost Ember Days in particular are traditionally dedicated for vocations and specifically those soon to be ordained, since ordinations were traditionally at the end of the Octave of Pentecost.


Repleatur os meum laude tua, alleluia: ut possim cantare, alleluia: gaudebunt labia mea, dum cantavero tibi, alleluia, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 70:8,23

Ant. Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise, alleluia, in order that I may sing, alleluia; my lips shall rejoice as I sing Thy praises, alleluia, alleluia.

V. In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be put to shame; in Thy justice, free me and deliver me.

V. Glory be...


Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte coelitus tuae lucis radium.
— Missale Romanum (1962)

V. Come, Holy Spirit, send forth the heavenly radiance of Your light.

V. Come, Father of the poor. Come, Giver of gifts. Come, Light of the heart.

V. Greatest Comforter, sweet Guest of the soul, Sweet consolation!

V. O Rest in labor, O Temperance in heat, O Solace in tears,

V.  O most blessed Light, fill the inmost heart of Your faithful.

V. Without Your spirit, there is nothing in man, nothing that is not harmful.

V. Cleanse that which is unclean; water that which is dry; heal that which is wounded.

V. Bend that which is rigid; inflame that which is frigid; rule that which has deviated.

V. Grant to Your faithful who trust in You, the sevenfold gifts.

V. Grant the merit of virtue; grant the deliverance of salvation; grant eternal joy. Amen. Alleluia. 


Lauda, anima mea, Dominum: laudabo Dominum in vita mea: psallam Deo meo, quamdiu ero, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 145:2

Ant. Praise the Lord, O my soul; I shall praise the Lord in my life; I shall sing psalms to my God, as long as I shall be, alleluia. 


Non vos relinquam orphanos: veniam ad vos iterum, alleluia: et gaudebit cor vestrum, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Jn. 14:18

Ant. I shall not leave you orphans; I shall come to you again, alleluia; and your heart shall rejoice, alleluia.