OREMUS: 1 April 2006

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OREMUS for Saturday, April 1, 2006 
Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1872

O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Blessed are you, God, rich in mercy,
you so loved the world 
that when we were dead in our sins,
you sent your only Son for our deliverance.
Lifted up from the earth,
he is light and life;
exalted upon the cross,
he is truth and salvation.
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 34

I will bless the Lord at all times;*
 his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
I will glory in the Lord;*
 let the humble hear and rejoice.
Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;*
 let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord and he answered me*
 and delivered me out of all my terror.
Look upon him and be radiant,*
 and let not your faces be ashamed.
I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me*
 and saved me from all my troubles.
The angel of the Lord
   encompasses those who fear him,*
 and he will deliver them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;*
 happy are they who trust in him!
Fear the Lord, you that are his saints,*
 for those who fear him lack nothing.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger,*
 but those who seek the Lord
   lack nothing that is good.
Come, children, and listen to me;*
 I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who among you loves life*
 and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
Keep your tongue from evil-speaking*
 and your lips from lying words.
Turn from evil and do good;*
 seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,*
 and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,*
 to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cry and the Lord hears them*
 and delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted*
 and will save those whose spirits are crushed.
Many are the troubles of the righteous,*
 but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.
He will keep safe all his bones;*
 not one of them shall be broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked,*
 and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
The Lord ransoms the life of his servants,*
 and none will be punished who trust in him.

A Song of Repentance (1 John 1:5-9)

This is the message we have heard from Christ
and proclaim to you:
that God is light,
in whom there is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with God
while we walk in darkness,
we lie and do not do what is true.

But if we walk in the light
as God is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another.

And the blood of Jesus, the Son of God,
cleanses us from all our sins.

If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves
and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins,
the One who is faithful and just will forgive us
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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 [Romans 5:12-21]:

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one
man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to
all because all have sinned  sin was indeed in the world
before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no
law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses,
even over those whose sins were not like the
transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was
to come.
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the
many died through the one man's trespass, much more
surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the
grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the
many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one
man's sin. For the judgement following one trespass
brought condemnation, but the free gift following many
trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one
man's trespass, death exercised dominion through that
one, much more surely will those who receive the
abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness
exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus
Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation
for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to
justification and life for all. For just as by the one
man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the
one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. But
law came in, with the result that the trespass
multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all
the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in
death, so grace might also exercise dominion through
justification leading to eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord. 

For another Biblical reading,
Exodus 6:2-13

Words: John Ellerton, 1858, rev. 1867
Tune: Old 112th, St. Chrysostom     
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God of the living, in whose eyes
unveiled thy whole creation lies,
all souls are thine; we must not say
that those are dead who pass away,
from this our world of flesh set free;
we know them living unto thee.

Released from earthly toil and strife,
with thee is hidden still their life;
thine are their thoughts, their works, their powers,
all thine, and yet most truly ours;
for well we know, where'er they be,
our dead are living unto thee.

Not spilled like water on the ground,
not wrapped in dreamless sleep profound,
not wandering in unknown despair
beyond thy voice, thine arm, thy care;
not left to lie like fallen tree;
not dead, but living unto thee.

Thy word is true, thy will is just;
to thee we leave them, Lord, in trust;
and bless thee for the love which gave
thy Son to fill a human grave,
that none might fear that world to see
where all are living unto thee.

O Breather into man of breath,
O Holder of the keys of death,
O Giver of the life within,
save us from death, the death of sin;
that body, soul and spirit be
for ever living unto 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.

For your Church, O Lord, we pray, especially
the Diocese of Buye, Burundi, The Rt Revd Sixbert Macumi, Bishop.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Mercifully hear our prayers, O Lord, 
and spare all those who confess their sins to you; 
that those whose consciences are accused by sin 
may by your merciful pardon be absolved; 
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, 
who restored the dignity of our nature 
through the perfect obedience of your Son, 
quicken in your Church a passion for justice and truth,
that like your servant Frederick Denison Maurice, 
we may continually work and pray 
for the triumph of the kingdom of Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen. 
Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray as our Savior taught us:

- The Lord's Prayer

May God give us
his comfort and his peace,
his light and his joy,
in this world and the next. 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 adapts phrases from _Opening
Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press,
Norwich, 1999.

The closing sentence is from _New Patterns for Worship_,
copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council, 2002.

The second collect is from _For All the Saints_, (c) General
Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, 1994.

F. D. Maurice was born in 1805, the son of a Unitarian clergyman. He studied
civil law at Cambridge, but refused the degree in 1827 rather than declare
himself an Anglican. However, he was later converted, and in 1834 was
ordained to the priesthood.

In 1838, he published his major work, The Kingdom Of Christ, a discussion of
the causes and cures of divisions within the Christian Church. He was much
concerned with the role of the Church in speaking to social questions, speaking
of "faith in a God who has redeemed mankind, in whom I may vindicate my
rights as a man." Together with his friends John Ludlow and Charles Kingsley,
he organized the Christian Socialist Movement, which, he wrote, "will commit
us at once to the conflict we must engage in sooner or later with the unsocial
Christians and unchristian Socialists." His work is one of the reasons why
Socialism in England has been largely devoid of the avowedly anti-Christian
overtones it had in many other countries.

Soon after his ordination, Maurice became Professor of English Literature and
History at King's College, London, and in 1846, Professor of Theology as well.
However, his book Theological Essays, published in 1853, was regarded by
many readers as doubtfully orthodox, and the resulting furor cost him his
professorships. In 1854, he founded the Working Men's College, and became
its first head. He was professor of Moral Theology at Cambridge from 1966
until his death in 1872. [James Kiefer, abridged]

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