OREMUS: 22 July 2006

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Fri Jul 21 20:57:25 GMT 2006

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OREMUS for Saturday, July 22, 2006 
Saint Mary Magdalene

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

Blessed are you, gentle and tender God,
for your saint Mary Magdalen,
whom you gave the courage to love
and follow your Son to the cross.
Seeking her Teacher after his death,
so great was her longing
that you made her the first 
to behold him, risen from the dead,
and the first to announce
that the Lord had risen to new and glorious life.
For this example of faith and hope,
we praise you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever! 

An opening canticle may be sung. 


Psalm 86

Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me,*
 for I am poor and in misery.
Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;*
 save your servant who trusts in you.
Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God;*
 I call upon you all the day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant,*
 for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,*
 and great is your love towards all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer,*
 and attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the time of my trouble I will call upon you,*
 for you will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord,*
 nor anything like your works.
All nations you have made
   will come and worship you, O Lord,*
 and glorify your name.
For you are great; you do wondrous things;*
 and you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
   and I will walk in your truth;*
 knit my heart to you that I may fear your name.
I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,*
 and glorify your name for evermore.
For great is your love towards me;*
 you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
   and a violent band seeks my life;*
 they have not set you before their eyes.
But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion,*
 slow to anger and full of kindness and truth.
Turn to me and have mercy upon me;*
 give your strength to your servant;
   and save the child of your handmaid.
Show me a sign of your favour,
   so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;*
 because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

A Song of God's Love (1 John 4:7-11,12b)
Beloved, let us love one another,
for love is of God;
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Whoever does not love does not know God,
for God is love.

In this the love of God was revealed among us,
that God sent his only Son into the world,
so that we might live through him.

In this is love,
not that we loved God but that he loved us,
and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.

Beloved, since God loved us so much,
we ought also to love one another.

For if we love one another, God abides in us,
and God's love will be perfected in us.

Psalm 149

   Sing to the Lord a new song;*
 sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in his maker;*
 let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.
Let them praise his name in the dance;*
 let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people*
 and adorns the poor with victory.
Let the faithful rejoice in triumph;*
 let them be joyful on their beds.
Let the praises of God be in their throat*
 and a two-edged sword in their hand;
To wreak vengeance on the nations*
 and punishment on the peoples;
To bind their kings in chains*
 and their nobles with links of iron;
To inflict on them the judgement decreed;*
 this is glory for all his faithful people.

READING [John 20:1-2,11-18]:

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still
dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the
stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went
to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus
loved, and said to them, 'They have taken the Lord out of
the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she
bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels
in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying,
one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to
her, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' She said to them,
'They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where
they have laid him.' When she had said this, she turned
round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know
that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you
weeping? For whom are you looking?' Supposing him to be
the gardener, she said to him, 'Sir, if you have carried
him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will
take him away.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary!' She turned and
said to him in Hebrew, 'Rabbouni!' (which means Teacher).
Jesus said to her, 'Do not hold on to me, because I have
not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and
say to them, "I am ascending to my Father and your
Father, to my God and your God." ' Mary Magdalene went
and announced to the disciples, 'I have seen the Lord';
and she told them that he had said these things to her. 

For another Biblical reading,
Song of Solomon 3:1-4

Words: Latin; trans. Elizabeth Rundle Charles (1828-1896), alt.
Tune: W zlobie lezy
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Lift your voice rejoicing, Mary,
Christ has risen from the tomb;
on the cross a suffering victim,
now as victor he is come.
Whom your tears in death were mourning,
welcome with your smiles returning.
Let your alleluias rise!

Raise your weary eyelids, Mary,
see him living evermore;
see his countenance how gracious,
see the wounds for you he bore.
All the glory of the morning
pales before those wounds redeeming.
Let your alleluias rise!

Life is yours for ever, Mary,
for your light is come once more
and the strength of death is broken;
now your songs of joy outpour.
Ended now the night of sorrow,
love has brought the blessed morrow.
Let your alleluias rise.

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

Almighty and merciful God, we give you thanks
that Mary Magdalene found healing in her encounter
with the risen Christ.

Give wholeness and peace to all those in need: the sick,
the unloved and the forgotten, the poor and the hungry,
the dying and the bereaved. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant us the persistent faith of Mary Magdalen
and the surprised belief of Peter and John:

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Guide all your baptized people who struggle to know
and to do your will in the kingdoms of this world,
that by their lives we may show forth the new life in
Christ to all nation.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your grace on your Church, that it may live the great commission: 
proclaiming the gospel in community, Eucharist, and servanthood ministry.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, 
whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene
to health of body and of mind, 
and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: 
Mercifully grant that by your grace
we may be healed from all our infirmities 
and know you in the power of his unending life; 
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, 
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.

- The Lord's Prayer

Amid the cares of our daily lives,
make us attentive to your voice
and alert to your presence,
that we may treasure your Word above all else. Amen.

The psalms and the invitation to the Lord's Prayer 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 by Stephen Benner from
_We Give You Thanks and Praise: The Ambrosian Eucharistic
Prefaces_, translated by Alan Griffiths, (c) The Canterbury Press
Norwich, 1999.

The closing prayer uses a sentence from a prayer in _Opening Prayers:
Collects in Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1999.

Mary Magdalene is mentioned in the Gospels as being among the women of
Galilee who followed Jesus and His disciples, and who was present at His
Crucifixion and Burial, and who went to the tomb on Easter Sunday to annoint
His body. She was the first to see the Risen Lord, and to announce His
Resurrection to the apostles. Accordingly, she is referred to in early Christian
writings as "the apostle to the apostles."

Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany (sister of Martha and Lazarus), and the
unnamed penitent woman who annointed Jesus's feet (Luke 7:36-48) are
sometimes supposed to be the same woman. From this, plus the statement that
Jesus had cast seven demons out of her (Luke 8:2), has risen the tradition that
she had been a prostitute before she met Jesus.

Because of the assumption that Mary Magdalene had been a spectacular sinner,
and also perhaps because she is described as weeping at the tomb of Jesus on
the Resurrection morning, she is often portrayed in art as weeping, or with
eyes red from having wept. From this appearance we derive the English word
"maudlin", meaning "effusively or tearfully sentimental." There is a Magdalen
College at Oxford, and a Magdalene College at Cambridge (different spelling),
both pronounced "Maudlin." [James Kiefer]

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