OREMUS: 2 April 2006
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OREMUS for Sunday, April 2, 2006
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Blessed are you, holy Father,
almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For as the time of his passion and resurrection draws near
the whole world is called to acknowledge his hidden majesty.
The power of the life-giving cross
reveals the judgement that has come upon the world
and the triumph of Christ crucified.
He is the victim who dies no more,
the Lamb once slain, who lives for ever,
our advocate in heaven to plead our cause.
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.
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble,*
the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
Send you help from his holy place*
and strengthen you out of Zion;
Remember all your offerings*
and accept your burnt sacrifice;
Grant you your heart's desire*
and prosper all your plans.
We will shout for joy at your victory
and triumph in the name of our God;*
may the Lord grant all your requests.
Now I know that the Lord gives victory
to his anointed;*
he will answer him out of his holy heaven,
with the victorious strength of his right hand.
Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses,*
but we will call upon the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall down,*
but we will arise and stand upright.
O Lord, give victory to the king*
and answer us when we call.
I was glad when they said to me,*
'Let us go to the house of the Lord.'
Now our feet are standing*
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city*
that is at unity with itself.
To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord,*
the assembly of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.
For there are the thrones of judgement,*
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:*
'May they prosper who love you.
'Peace be within your walls*
and quietness within your towers.
'For my family and companions' sake,*
I pray for your prosperity.
'Because of the house of the Lord our God,*
I will seek to do you good.'
READING [Numbers 21:4-9]:
>From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to
go around the land of Edom; but the people became
impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and
against Moses, 'Why have you brought us up out of Egypt
to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no
water, and we detest this miserable food.' Then the Lord
sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit
the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came
to Moses and said, 'We have sinned by speaking against
the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away
the serpents from us.' So Moses prayed for the people.
And the Lord said to Moses, 'Make a poisonous serpent,
and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall
look at it and live.' So Moses made a serpent of bronze,
and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit
someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze
For another Biblical reading,
Words: Venantius Fortunatus, sixth century; trans. Alan Gaunt (c)
Tune: Gonfalon Royal
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As royal banners are unfurled,
the cross displays its mystery:
the Maker of our flesh, in flesh,
impaled and hanging helplessly.
Already deeply wounded: see
his side now riven by a spear,
and all our sins are swept away
by blood and water flowing there.
See everything the prophets wrote
fulfilled in its totality,
and tell the nations of the world
our God is reigning from a tree.
This tree, ablaze with royal light
and with the blood-red robe it wears,
is hallowed and embellished
by the weight of holiness it bears.
Stretched like a balance here, his arms
have gauged the price of wickedness;
but, hanging here, his love outweighs
hell's unforgiving bitterness.
The Savior, victim, sacrifice,
is, through his dying, glorified;
his life is overcome by death
and leaps up, sweeping death aside.
We hail the cross, faith's one true hope:
God's passion set in time and space,
by which our guilt is blotted out,
engulfed in such stupendous grace.
The Benedictus (Morning), the
Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
As we enter the contemplation of those saving mysteries
which ended with death on a cross and rising from the grave,
hear our prayers for forgiveness, O Lord.
Forgive us when we forget the painful death you suffered on the cross,
when we make Christian faith a bland way of life demanding no sacrifice.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Forgive us that our preference runs to Bethlehem and Joseph's garden,
to poinsettias and lilies, and away from Golgotha,
with its rusty nails and twisted thorns.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Forgive us when we are more willing to be instructed or reformed
than we are to be redeemed.
Open us to ever new and deeper awareness of our your passion.
Jesus, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
Hear, O Father, the cry of your Son,
who, to establish the new and everlasting covenant,
became obedient to death upon the cross:
Grant that, through all the trials of this life,
we may come to share more intimately in his redeeming passion;
and so obtain the fruitfulness of the seed
that falls to the earth and dies,
to be gathered as your harvest for the kingdom.
We ask this through your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray as our Savior taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
Christ crucified draw us to himself,
to find in him a sure ground for faith,
a firm support for hope,
and the assurance of sins forgiven. Amen.
The psalms are from _Celebrating Common Prayer_ (Mowbray),
(c) The Society of Saint Francis 1992, which is used with permission.
The canticle, the opening thanksgiving and the invitation to the Lord's Prayer
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 and the closing sentence are adapted from
prayers in _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) 1991 by Stainer & Bell Ltd.
(admin. by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188).
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For permission to reproduce this hymn, contact:
In US & Canada: Hope Publishing Company,
Rest of the World: Stainer & Bell Ltd.,
The intercession is adapted by Stephen T. Benner, 2003, from a prayer by
Ernest T. Campbell.
The collect is from _Uniting in Worship_, The Uniting Church in
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