OREMUS: 15 April 2006

Steve Benner oremus at insight.rr.com
Sat Apr 15 09:54:55 GMT 2006


OREMUS for Saturday, April 15, 2006
Holy Saturday
(for use before the Vigil)
Silent prayer

Psalm 30
I will exalt you, O Lord,
    because you have lifted me up*
  and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to you,*
  and you restored me to health.
You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;*
  you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;*
  give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,*
  his favour for a lifetime.
Weeping may spend the night,*
  but joy comes in the morning.
While I felt secure, I said,
    ‘I shall never be disturbed.*
  You, Lord, with your favour,
    made me as strong as the mountains.’
Then you hid your face,*
  and I was filled with fear.
I cried to you, O Lord;*
  I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
‘What profit is there in my blood,
    if I go down to the Pit?*
  will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;*
  O Lord, be my helper.’
You have turned my wailing into dancing;*
  you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy;
Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;*
  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

READING [Micah 7:14-20]:

Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock that belongs to you,
which lives alone in a forest
in the midst of a garden land;
let them feed in Bashan and Gilead
as in the days of old.
As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
show us marvellous things.
The nations shall see and be ashamed
of all their might;
they shall lay their hands on their mouths;
their ears shall be deaf;
they shall lick dust like a snake,
like the crawling things of the earth;
they shall come trembling out of their fortresses;
they shall turn in dread to the Lord our God,
and they shall stand in fear of you.

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger for ever,
because he delights in showing clemency.
He will again have compassion upon us;
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and unswerving loyalty to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our ancestors
from the days of old.

For another Biblical reading, Matthew 27:62-end

HYMN
Words: Thomas Whytehead, 1842
Tune: Redhead

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Resting from his work today
in the tomb the Savior lay;
still he slept, from head to feet
shrouded in the winding-sheet,
lying in the rock alone,
hidden by the sealed stone.

Late at even there was seen
watching long the Magdalene;
early, ere the break of day,
sorrowful she took her way
to the holy garden glade,
where her buried Lord was laid.

So with thee, till life shall end,
I would solemn vigil spend;
let me hew thee, Lord, a shrine
in this rocky heart of mine,
where in pure embalmed cell
none but thou may ever dwell.

Myrrh and spices will I bring,
true affection's offering;
close the door from sight and sound
of the busy world around;
and in patient watch remain
till my Lord appear again.

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

Prayer:
In the midst of life we are in death;
from whom can we seek help?
 From you alone, O Lord,
who by our sins are justly angered.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts;
shut not your ears to our prayers,
but spare us, O Lord.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

O worthy and eternal Judge,
do not let the pains of death
turn us away from you at our last hour.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

O God, we carry in our own bodies
the death of the Lord Jesus,
that likewise we might manifest his life:
let not our spiritual foe prevail against us,
but with the morning light
raise us up from the sleep of sin and death;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Standing at the foot of the cross,
we pray as our Savior has taught us:

- The Lord's Prayer

Christ Jesus humbled himself for us,
and in obedience accepted death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has raised him to the heights
and given him the name
which is above all other names.

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

The canticle and the invitation to the Lord's Prayer (adapted) are 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 intercession is from The Book of Common Prayer According to the Use of 
The Episcopal Church.





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