The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica

The Office of the Passion of the Lord


Introduction

Here begin the psalms, which our most blessed Father Francis ordained for the reverence and memory and praise of the Passion of the Lord. Which are to be said throughout every hour of the day and night as one single Office.
And these psalms begin from Compline of Good Friday, for the reason that on that night Our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed and seized.
And note, that blessed Francis used to say this office thus: First he used to say the prayer, which the Lord and Master taught us: Most Holy Our Father etc. with the praises, namely: Holy, Holy, Holy, as is contained above. With the praises finished, with the prayer he used to begin this antiphon, namely: Holy Virgin Mary. He used to say the psalms of Holy Mary first; afterwards he used to say other psalms which he had selected, and at the end of all the psalms, which he used to say, he used to say the psalms of the Passion.
With the psalm finished, he used to say this antiphon, namely: Holy Virgin Mary. With the antiphon finished, the Office had been completed.


Part I: For the Sacred Triduum of Holy Week and weekdays throughout the year

At Compline

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm I

God, my life have I announced to Thee +
Thou has set my tears in Thy sight.
All my enemies against me were thinking evil things for me +
and they took counsel together.
And they set against me evil in place of Thee +
and hatred in place of my love.
In as much as they loved me, they were disparaging me +
however I was praying.
My Holy Father, King of Heaven and Earth, do not withdraw from me +
since tribulation is my neighbor and there is none to help.
Let my enemies be turned in retreat +
on whatever day I will have invoked Thee, behold I know that Thou art my God.
My friends and my neighbors against me drew near and stood +
and my neighbors stood from afar.
Afar Thou has made my acquaintances to stand from me +
they have set me as an abomination to themselves, I have been betrayed and I used to go not out.
Holy Father, do not distance Thy help from me +
My God look back to help me.
Stretch to my assistance +
Lord God of my salvation.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary, there is none like unto Thee born in the world among women· Daughter and Handmaid of the Most High, the Highest King, the heavenly Father, Mother of Our Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ, Spouse of the Holy Spirit: pray on our behalf with St. Michael the Archangel and all the Virtues of Heaven and all the Saints before Thy Most Holy Beloved Son, the Lord and Master. Glory to the Father. As it was.

Note, that this abovesaid antiphon is said at all hours; and it is said in place of the antiphon, chapter, hymn, versicle and prayer; and similarly at Matins and at all the hours. Nothing other did he used to say at these hours except this antiphon with these psalms.

To conclude the Office blessed Francis used to say:

Let us bless the Lord God, living and true; let us always return unto Him praise, glory, honor, blessing and all good things. Amen. Amen. Let it be. Let it be.

At Matins

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm II
Lord God of my salvation +
at day I shout and at night before Thee.
Let there enter into Thy sight my pleading +
incline Thy ear to my prayer.
Stretch to my soul and free her +
on account of my enemies rescue me.
Since Thou art He who have drawn me from the womb, my hope from my mother's breasts +
upon Thee have I been cast forth from the womb.
From my mother's womb Thou art my God +
do not withdraw from me.
Thou know my reproach and my confusion +
and my reverence.
In Thy sight are all, who oppress me +
reproach did my heart expect and misery.
And I endured, one who would be made sad at the same time and he was not +
and one who would console me, and I found him not.
God, the iniquitous have risen up against me +
and the synagogue of powers sought my soul and they did not set Thee forth in their own sight.
I have been reckoned with those who are descending into the lake +
I have been made free as a man without assistance among the dead.
Thou art my Most Holy Father +
my King and my God.
Stretch to my assistance +

Lord God of my salvation.

At Prime

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm III
Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on me +
since in Thee does my soul trust.
And in the shadow of Thy wings shall I hope +
until iniquity passes over.
I shall shout to my Most Holy Father the Most High +
Lord, who does good to me
He sent from Heaven and He freed me +
and He gave up to opprobrium those trampling upon me.
God sent His mercy and His truth +
He rescued my soul from my strongest enemies and from those, who hate me, who had been comforted on my account.
A snare they have prepared for my feet +
and they have bent my soul over.
They dug before my face a ditch +
and they fell into it.
My heart has been prepared, God, my heart has been prepared +
I will sing and speak a psalm.
Rise up, my Glory, rise up psaltery and kitara +
I will rise up at the dawn.
I will confess Thee among the peoples, Lord +
and I will speak a psalm to Thee among the nations.
Since magnified unto the heavens is Thy mercy +
and unto the clouds Thy truth.
Be exalted above the heavens, God +
and above every land Thy glory.

Note, that the abovesaid psalm is always said at Prime.

At Terce

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm IV
Have mercy on me, God, since man has trampled upon me +
attacking all the day, he has oppressed me
They have trampled upon me, my enemies, all the day +
since many were warring against me.
All my enemies against me were thinking evil things for me +
a iniquitous word did they established against me.
Those who were guarding my soul +
took counsel together.
They used to go outside +
and they were speaking for that very purpose.
All seeing me derided me +
they spoke with lips and moved (their) head.
However I am a worm and no man +
the reproach of men and the outcast of the people.
Above all my enemies I have been made a strong reproach to my neighbors +
and an object of fear to my acquaintances.
Holy Father do not distance Thy help from me +
look thoroughly to my defense.
Stretch to My assistance +
Lord God of my salvation.

At Sext

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm V
With my voice I shouted to the Lord +
with my voice I have beseeched the Lord.
I pour out in Thy sight my pleading +
and my tribulation I pronounce before Him.
Poised to desert me is my spirit +
and Thou knew my path.
In this way in which I used to walk +
the proud hid a snare for me.
I was surveying the right and looking +
and there was none who knew me.
Flight perished from me +
and there is none who looks after my soul.
Since for Thy sake I have endured reproach +
confusion covers my face.
A stranger have I been made to my brothers +
and a pilgrim to my mother's sons.
Holy Father, zeal for Thy house consumes me and the reproaches of those upbraiding Thee have fallen upon me.
And against me they have been glad and have come together +
gathered together over me are whips and I did not know it.
They have been multiplied more than the hairs of my head +
those who hate me without cause.
They have been comforted, who persecuted me, my enemies, unjustly +
those whom I did not plunder I then unbound.
Iniquitous witnesses rising up +
who did not know me, were interrogating me.
They were paying me back evil things for good and they were disparaging me +
since I was pursuing goodness.
Thou art my Most Holy Father +
my King and my God.
Stretch to my assistance +
Lord God of my salvation.

At Nones

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm VI
O all you, who pass by the way +
attend and see, if there is a sorrow like my sorrow.
Since many dogs have surrounded me +
a council of the malignant besieges me.
They indeed have considered and inspected me +
they have divided for themselves my vestments and upon my garment they have cast lots.
They have pierced my hands and my feet +
and they have numbered out all my bones.
They have opened above me their mouth +
as a lion seizing and roaring.
As water have I been poured out +
and all my bones have been dispersed.
And my heart has become like molten wax +
in the middle of my belly.
Dried up as an earthen pot is my virtue +
and my tongue adhered to my throat.
And they gave me gall for my food +
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
And into the dust of death they have lead me +
and upon the sorrow of my wounds they have added sorrow.
I slept and I rose +
and my Most Holy Father took me up with glory.
Holy Father Thou has held my right hand, and in Thy will Thou has led me +
and with glory Thou has assumed me.
For what is there for me in Heaven +
and apart from Thee what have I wanted on earth?
See, see that I am God, says the Lord +
I shall be exalted among the nations and I shall be exalted on the Earth.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who redeems the souls of His servants from His very own Most Holy Blood +
and does not forsake all who hope in Him.
And we know, that He comes +
that He comes to judge with justice.

At Vespers

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm VII
All nations clap hands +
raise a shout of joy to God in a voice of exultation.
Since the Lord is exalted +
the terrible great King over every land.
Because the Most Holy Father of Heaven, Our King before the ages +
sent His Beloved Son from on high and He wrought salvation in the midst of the Earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth exalt, let the sea be shaken and its fullness +
the fields will rejoice and all, which is in them. Sing to Him a new song +
sing to the Lord every land.
Since the Lord is great and exceedingly praiseworthy +
terrible above all gods.
Bring to the Lord you fatherlands of the nations, bring to the Lord glory and honor +
bring to the Lord the glory of His Name.
Lift up your bodies, and bear His Holy Cross +
and follow until the end His most holy precepts.
Let all the Earth be shaken by His face + tell among the nations, that the Lord reigned from a tree.

Thus far is said each day from Good Friday until the Feast of the Ascension. But on the feast of the Ascension these verses are to be added:

And He ascended to heaven and He sits at the right hand of the Most Holy Father in Heaven,be exalted above the heavens, God +
and above every land Thy glory.
And we know that He comes +
that He will come to judge with justice.

And note, that from the Ascension to the Advent of the Lord this psalm is to be said each day in the same manner, namely: All nations with the abovesaid verses by saying the Glory be there where the psalm finishes, namely after that He will come to judge with justice.

Note that these abovesaid psalms are to be said from Good Friday till the Sunday of the Resurrection. In the same manner they are to be said from the octave of Pentecost till the Advent of the Lord and from the octave of Epiphany till the Sunday of the Resurrection, excepting the Sundays and principle feasts, on which they are not said; but on other days they are to be said daily.


Part II: For the Paschal Season

On Holy Saturday, namely with the day of Saturday completed

At Compline

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm VIII
God stretch to my assistance +
Lord make haste to help me.
Let them be confounded and reverent +
who seek my soul.
Let them be turned backwards and blush +
who will evil things for me.
Let them be turned away on the spot, those blushing +
who say to Me: Well done, well done.
Let them exult and be glad in Thee, all who seek Thee +
and let them always say: May the Lord be magnified: who love Thy salvation.
But I am destitute and poor +
God, help me.
My helper and liberator are Thee +
Lord do not delay.

At Matins on the Sunday of the Resurrection

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm IX
Sing to the Lord a new song +
because He has worked wonders.
He has sacrificed His Beloved Son with his right hand +
and holy is His arm.
The Lord has made known His salvation +
in the sight of the nations He has revealed His justice.
On that day the Lord commanded His mercy +
and at night His song.
This is the day, which the Lord has made +
let us exult and be glad in it.
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord +
the Lord God, and He has shined upon us.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth exult ~ let the sea be shaken and its fullness +
the fields will rejoice and all which is in them.
Bring to the Lord you fatherlands of the nations, bring to the Lord glory and honor +
bring to the Lord the glory of His Name.

Thus far is said each day from the Sunday of the Resurrection till the Feast of the Ascension at all hours besides Vespers and Compline and Prime. But on the night of the Ascension these verses are added:

Kingdoms of the Earth sing to God +
sing a psalm to the Lord.
Sing a psalm to God, who ascends above the heaven of heavens +
to the east.
Behold He will give His voice a voice of virtue ~ give glory to God over Israel +
His magnificence and His virtue (are) in the clouds.
God is wonderful in His saints +
the God of Israel Himself shall give virtue and fortitude to His people, blessed be God. Glory.

And note, that this psalm is said each day from the Ascension of the Lord till the octave of Pentecost with the abovesaid verses at Matins and Terce and Sext and Nones, by saying the Glory be there where the Blessed be God is said and not elsewhere.

Likewise note, that in the same manner it is to be said only at Matins on Sundays and the principle feasts from the octave of Pentecost till the Advent of the Lord, and from the octave of Epiphany till the Thursday of the Lord's Supper, because on that very day the Lord ate the Passover with His disciples; or another psalm can be said at Matins or at vespers, when one wants, namely: I will exalt Thee, Lord, as is had in the Psalter; and this from the Sunday of the Resurrection till the Feast of the Ascension, and not further.

At Prime

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on Me as above Ps III

At Terce, Sext and Nones

is said the Psalm: Sing as above Ps IX

At Vespers

The Psalm: All nations as above Ps VII


Part III: For Sundays and the principal festivities

Here begins the other psalms, which our most blessed Father Francis ordained, which are to be said in place of the abovesaid psalms of the Passion of the Lord on Sundays and on the principal festivities from the octave of Pentecost till Advent and from the octave of Epiphany till the Thursday of the Lord's Supper; you are to understand correctly, that they are said on that day, because it is the Passover of the Lord.

At Compline

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm God stretch to my assistance as is had in the Psalter Ps VIII

At Matins

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: Sing as above Ps IX

At Prime

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: Have mercy on me, God, have mercy as above Ps III

At Terce

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm X
Raise a shout of joy to the Lord every land, speak a psalm to His Name +
give glory as His praise.
Say to God, how terrible are all Thy works, Lord +
in the multitude of Thy virtue Thy enemies will lie to Thee.
Let every land adore Thee and sing a psalm to Thee +
let it speak a psalm to Thy Name.
Come, hear and I will tell, all you who fear the Lord +
how great the Lord made my soul.
To Him with my mouth I shouted +
and I exulted with my tongue.
And He listened from His holy temple to my voice +
and my shout was in His sight.
Bless Our Lord, you nations +
and make your voice heard as His praise.
And blest in Him shall be all the tribes of the Earth +
all nations shall magnify Him.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel +
who alone works great wonders.
And blessed be the Name of His majesty forever +
and with His majesty every land shall be filled, let it be, let it be.

At Sext

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm XI
May the Lord listen to you on the day of tribulation +
may the Name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the Holy Place +
and from Sion may He keep you safe.
May He be mindful of your every sacrifice +
and may your holocaust be made fatty.
May He grant unto you according to your heart +
and may He confirm your every counsel.
We shall be glad in Thy salvation +
and in the Name of the Lord Our God we shall be magnified.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions ~ now I know, that the Lord has sent Jesus Christ His Son +
and that He will judge the peoples in justice.
And the Lord has been made the refuge of the poor, the Helper in the occasions of tribulation +
and let them hope in Thee who know Thy Name.
Blessed be the Lord my God, because He has become my supporter and my refuge +
on the day of my tribulation.
My helper, to Thee will I sing a psalm, because God my supporter, +
my God, my mercy.

At Nones

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm XII
In Thee, Lord, have I hoped, I shall not be confounded forever +
in Thy justice free me and rescue me.
Incline Thy ear to me +
and save me.
Be for me as God the protector, and as a fortified place +
to save me.
Since Thou art my patience Lord +
Lord, my hope from my youth.
In Thee I have I been strengthened from the womb, from the womb of my mother Thou art my protector +
in Thee is my singing always.
May my mouth be filled with praise, that I may sing Thy glory +
all the day Thy greatness.
Listen to me, Lord, since kind is Thy mercy +
according to the greatness of Thy mercy look back upon me.
And do not turn Thy face from Thy boy +
since I am oppressed, quickly listen to me.
Blessed be the Lord my God, because He has become my supporter and my refuge +
on the day of my tribulation.
My helper, to Thee will I sing a psalm, because God my supporter +
my God, my mercy.

At Vespers

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: All nations as above Ps VII


Part IV: For the season of the Advent of the Lord

Here begin the other psalms, which our most blessed Father Francis similarly ordained, which are to be said in place of the abovesaid psalms of the Passion of the Lord from the Advent of the Lord till the vigil of the Nativity and not further.

At Compline

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm XIII
Until when, Lord, will Thou forget me to the end? +
until when will Thou turn Thy face from Me?
How long will I set counsels in my soul +
sorrow in my heart throughout the day?
Until when will my enemy be exalted above me? +
Look back, and listen to me, Lord, my God.
Illumine my eyes, so that I may never fall asleep in death +
so that my enemy may never say: I have prevailed against Him.
They who oppress me, will exult if I will have moved +
however I in Thy mercy have hoped.
My heart shall exalt in Thy salvation; I will sing to the Lord, who grants good things to me +
and I will sing a psalm to the Name of the Lord, the Most High.

At Matins

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm XIV
I will confess, Thee, Lord, the Most Holy Father, King of Heaven and Earth +
since Thou has consoled me.
Thou art God my savior +
I will go faithfully and I will not fear.
My fortitude and my praise is the Lord +
and He has been made into my salvation.
Thy right hand, Lord, has been magnified in fortitude ~ Thy right hand, Lord, has struck the enemy +
and in the multitude of Thy glory Thou has deposed my adversaries.
Let the poor see and be glad +
seek God and may thy soul live.
Let them praise Him, heavens and Earth +
the sea and all creeping things in them.
Since God shall save Sion +
and they will rebuild the cities of Judah.
And they will inhabit that place +
and as an inheritance they will acquire her.
And the seed of His servants shall posses her +
and those who love His Name shall dwell in her.

At Prime

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: Have mercy on me, God, have mercy as above Ps III

At Terce

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: Raise a shout of joy to God as above Ps X

At Sext

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: May the Lord listen to you as above Ps XI

At Nones

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: In Thee, Lord, have I hoped as above Ps XII

At Vespers

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

The Psalm: All nations as above Ps VII

Note also, that the entire psalm is not said, but only as far as the verse, namely: Let all the Earth be shaken by His face; you are to understand correctly, that the entire verse is said: Lift up your bodies. With this verse finished there is said: Glory to the Father and so this psalm is said daily at Vespers from Advent till the vigil of the Nativity.


Part V: For the season of the Nativity of the Lord until the octave of Epiphany

At Vespers on the Nativity of the Lord

Antiphon: Holy Virgin Mary

Psalm XV
Exult God our helper +
raise a shout of joy to the Lord God living and true in a voice of exultation.
Since the Lord is exalted +
the terrible great King over every land.
Because the Most Holy Father of Heaven, Our King before the ages, sent His Beloved Son from on high +
and He was born of the Blessed Virgin, Holy Mary.
He Himself invoked Me: Thou art my Father +
and I will set Him as my firstborn, exalted before the kings of the Earth.
On that day the Lord commanded His mercy +
and at night His song.
This is the day, which the Lord has made +
let us exalt and be glad in it.
Because the Most Holy Beloved Boy has been given to us, and He has been born on our behalf on the road and placed in the manger +
because there was no place in the inn.
Glory in the highest to the Lord God +
and on earth peace to men of good will.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth exalt, let the sea be shaken and its fullness +
the fields will rejoice and all, which is in them.
Sing to Him a new song +
sing to the Lord every land.
Since the Lord is great and exceedingly praiseworthy +
terrible above all gods.
Bring to the Lord you fatherlands of the nations, bring to the Lord glory and honor +
bring to the Lord the glory of His Name.
Lift up your bodies, and bear His Holy Cross +
and follow until the end His most holy precepts.

Note, that this psalm is said from the Nativity of the Lord until the octave of Epiphany at all hours. If one wants to say this Office of blessed Francis, let him say it thus: first say the Our Father with the praises, namely: Holy, Holy, Holy. With the praises finished with the prayer as above the antiphon is begun: Holy Virgin Mary with the psalm, which has been established for each hour of the day and night. And let it be said with great reverence.


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