OREMUS: 18 November 2004
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OREMUS for Thursday, November 18, 2004
Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, Philanthropist, 1231
Eleventh Anniversary of Oremus, First Posting on this Day, 1993
O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, God our Father,
for you have enabled us to share
in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
You have rescued us from the power of darkness
and transferred us into the kingdom of your beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created.
He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
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.
For God alone my soul in silence waits;*
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,*
my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
How long will you assail me to crush me,
all of you together,*
as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
They seek only to bring me down
from my place of honour;*
lies are their chief delight.
They bless with their lips,*
but in their hearts they curse.
For God alone my soul in silence waits;*
truly, my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,*
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
In God is my safety and my honour;*
God is my strong rock and my refuge.
Put your trust in him always, O people,*
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath,*
even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
On the scales they are lighter than a breath,*
all of them together.
Put no trust in extortion;
in robbery take no empty pride;*
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
God has spoken once, twice have I heard it,*
that power belongs to God.
Steadfast love is yours, O Lord,*
for you repay everyone according to his deeds.
God takes his stand in the council of heaven;*
he gives judgement in the midst of the gods:
'How long will you judge unjustly,*
and show favour to the wicked?
'Save the weak and the orphan;*
defend the humble and needy;
'Rescue the weak and the poor;*
deliver them from the power of the wicked.
'They do not know, neither do they understand;
they go about in darkness;*
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
'Now I say to you, "You are gods,*
and all of you children of the Most High;
'"Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,*
and fall like any prince."'
Arise, O God, and rule the earth,*
for you shall take all nations for your own.
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.'
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 [Revelation 14:14-20]:
Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and seated on
the cloud was one like the Son of Man, with a golden
crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand!
Another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud
voice to the one who sat on the cloud, 'Use your sickle
and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the
harvest of the earth is fully ripe.' So the one who sat
on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the
earth was reaped.
Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and
he too had a sharp sickle. Then another angel came out
from the altar, the angel who has authority over fire,
and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp
sickle, 'Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of
the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.' So the
angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the
vintage of the earth, and he threw it into the great wine
press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden
outside the city, and blood flowed from the wine press,
as high as a horse's bridle, for a distance of about two
For another Biblical reading,
Words: Refrain: George William Kitchin, 1916
Words, verses 1-5: Shirley Erena Murray, alt. (c)
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Lift high the cross,
the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore
his sacred Name.
Come, Christian people, sing your praises, shout!
If we are silent, even stones cry out. Refrain
Jesus, you wept to see our human strife,
teach us compassion for each human life. Refrain
Peace was your plea and peace your loving theme:
let peace be our passport, peace a living dream. Refrain
Great is the cost of walking on this road,
to follow and suffer with the Son of God. Refrain
Worlds to be born and children yet to be,
come, take up this song into eternity. Refrain
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 Karnataka Central,
South India, The Rt Revd Vasanthakumar Suputhrappa, Bishop;
and the Diocese of Karnataka North, South India,
The Rt Revd Dr Paul Sadananda John Kattennur Balmi, Bishop.
Lord, have mercy.
Strength of the weak,
Defender of the needy,
Rescuer of the poor,
deliver us from the power of wickedness,
that we may rejoice in your justice now and for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
who taught Elizabeth of Hungary
to recognize and reverence Christ
in the poor of this world:
by her example
strengthen us to love and serve
the afflicted and the needy
and so to honour your Son, the servant king,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,
we pray as our Savior has taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
Awaken us to the power and gifts
you pour into us and make us worthy of your trust,
working abundantly to build your kingdom. Amen.
The psalms are from _Celebrating Common Prayer_ (Mowbray),
(c) The Society of Saint Francis 1992, which is used with permission.
The canticle is from _Common Worship: Daily Prayer, Preliminary
Edition_, copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council, 2002.
The biblical passage is from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized
Edition), copyright (c) 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 adapted from Colossians 1:12-17
The closing sentence is adapted from a prayer reprinted from _Revised
Common Lectionary Prayers_, copyright (c) 2002 Consultation on
The first collect is from _Daily Prayer_, copyright (c) The
Scottish Episcopal Church, 1998. Used with permission.
The second collect is from _Common Worship: Services and Prayers for
the Church of England_, material from which is included in this service is
copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council, 2000.
Hymn (c) 1992 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For permission to reproduce this hymn in all territories except the UK,
contact: Hope Publishing Company,
In the UK, contact: Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd., St. Mary's Works,
St. Mary's Plain, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 3BH England
The numerous "St. Elizabeth's Hospitals" throughout the world are for the
most part named, not for the Biblical Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist,
but for this princess of Hungary. She was concerned for the relief of the poor
and the sick, and with her husband's consent she used her dowry money for
their relief. During a famine and epidemic in 1226, while her husband was away
in Italy, she sold her jewels and established a hospital where she nursed the
sick, and opened the royal granaries to feed the hungry. After her husband's
death in 1227, her inlaws, who opposed her "extravagances," expelled her from
Wartburg. Finally an arrangement was negotiated with them that gave her a
stipend. She became a Franciscan tertiary (lay associate) and devoted the
remainder of her life to nursing and charity. She sewed garments to clothe the
poor, and went fishing to feed them.
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