OREMUS: 4 November 2004

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Thu Nov 4 00:59:27 GMT 2004

OREMUS for Thursday, November 4, 2004

O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Blessed are you, Lover of our souls,
in Jesus, your Incarnate One and our Redeemer,
you have made us no longer strangers and sojourners,
but fellow citizens with the saints
and members of your household.
For these and all your mercies, we praise you:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever!

An opening canticle may be sung.

Psalm 145
I will exalt you, O God my King,*
  and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you*
  and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*
  there is no end to his greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another*
  and shall declare your power.
I will ponder the glorious splendour of your majesty*
  and all your marvellous works.
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,*
  and I will tell of your greatness.
They shall publish the remembrance
    of your great goodness;*
  they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,*
  slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is loving to everyone*
  and his compassion is over all his works.
All your works praise you, O Lord,*
  and your faithful servants bless you.
They make known the glory of your kingdom*
  and speak of your power;
That the peoples may know of your power*
  and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;*
  your dominion endures throughout all ages.
The Lord is faithful in all his words*
  and merciful in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all those who fall;*
  he lifts up those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,*
  and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand*
  and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways*
  and loving in all his works.
The Lord is near to those who call upon him,*
  to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfils the desire of those who fear him,*
  he hears their cry and helps them.
The Lord preserves all those who love him,*
  but he destroys all the wicked.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord;*
  let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

A Song of the Holy City (Revelation 21:1-5a)

I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away
and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice from the throne saying,
'Behold, my dwelling is with my people.

'I will dwell with them and they shall be mine,
and I myself will be with them.

'I will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
and death shall be no more.

'Neither shall there be mourning,
nor crying, nor pain any more,
for the former things have passed away.'

And the One who sat upon the throne said,
'Behold, I make all things new.'

Psalm 148
    Praise the Lord from the heavens;*
  praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you angels of his;*
  praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon;*
  praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, heaven of heavens,*
  and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord;*
  for he commanded and they were created.
He made them stand fast for ever and ever;*
  he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,*
  you sea-monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and fog,*
  tempestuous wind, doing his will;
Mountains and all hills,*
  fruit trees and all cedars;
Wild beasts and all cattle,*
  creeping things and winged birds;
Kings of the earth and all peoples,*
  princes and all rulers of the world;
Young men and maidens,*
  old and young together.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,*
  for his name only is exalted,
    his splendour is over earth and heaven.
He has raised up strength for his people
    and praise for all his loyal servants,*
  the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

READING [Zechariah 9:9-17]:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the warhorse from Jerusalem;
and the battle-bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,

I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.
For I have bent Judah as my bow;
I have made Ephraim its arrow.
I will arouse your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, O Greece,
and wield you like a warrior's sword.

Then the LORD will appear over them,
and his arrow go forth like lightning;
the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet
and march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
The LORD of hosts will protect them,
and they shall devour and tread down the slingers;
they shall drink their blood like wine,
and be full like a bowl,
drenched like the corners of the altar.

On that day the LORD their God will save them,
for they are the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.
For what goodness and beauty are his!
Grain shall make the young men flourish,
and new wine the young women.

For another Biblical reading, Luke 20:9-19

Words: Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1906
Tune: King's Lynn

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O God of earth and altar,
bow down and hear our cry,
our earthly rulers falter,
our people drift and die;
the walls of gold entomb us,
the swords of scorn divide,
take not thy thunder from us,
but take away our pride.

 From all that terror teaches,
from lies of tongue and pen,
from all the easy speeches
that comfort cruel men,
from sale and profanation
of honor, and the sword,
from sleep and from damnation,
deliver us, good Lord!

Tie in a living tether
the prince and priest and thrall,
bind all our lives together,
smite us and save us all;
in ire and exultation
aflame with faith, and free,
lift up a living nation,
a single sword to thee.

The Benedictus (Morning), the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis 
(Night) may follow.

O Lord, answer us in the day of trouble,
Send us help from your holy place.

Show us the path of life,
For in your presence is joy.

Give justice to the orphan and oppressed
And break the power of wickedness and evil.

Look upon the hungry and sorrowful
And grant them the help for which they long.

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad;
May your glory endure for ever.

Your kingship has dominion over all
And with you is our redemption.

We pray for your Church, especially
the Diocese of Kaduna, Nigeria,
The Most Revd Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Bishop,
and the Diocese of Kafanchan, Nigeria,
The Rt Revd William Weh Diya, Bishop.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord God, King of the Universe,
you show the bright glory of your reign
in acts of mercy and enduring love:
raise the spirits of the downcast
and restore those who have fallen away,
that your Church may continually sing of your saving help;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,
we pray as our Savior has taught us:

- The Lord's Prayer

Assured of your love,
help us to cast aside all fear,
that we may love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.

The psalms and the collect are from Celebrating
Common Prayer (Mowbray), © The Society of Saint
Francis 1992, which is used with permission.

The canticle is from Common Worship: Daily Prayer,
Preliminary Edition, copyright © The Archbishops'
Council, 2002.

The biblical passage is from The New Revised Standard
Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright © 1989, 1995
by the Division of Christian Education of the National
Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used
by permission. All rights reserved.

The opening prayer of thanksgiving is based on Ephesians 2:19.

The closing sentence uses a phrase from a prayer adapted
from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002
Consultation on Common Texts

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