OREMUS: 4 May 2006
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OREMUS for Thursday, May 4, 2006
Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Blessed are you, God of life,
in your risen Son
you reveal your abiding presence among us
and call us in our baptism to lives of worship and service,
that we may be his witnesses
to the farthest reaches of the earth.
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.
The Lord said to my lord, 'Sit at my right hand,*
until I make your enemies your footstool.'
The Lord will send the sceptre of your power
out of Zion,*
saying, 'Rule over your enemies round about you.
'Princely state has been yours
from the day of your birth,*
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
like dew from the womb of the morning.'
The Lord has sworn and he will not recant:*
'You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.'
When Israel came out of Egypt,*
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
Judah became God's sanctuary*
and Israel his dominion.
The sea beheld it and fled;*
Jordan turned and went back.
The mountains skipped like rams,*
and the little hills like young sheep.
What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?*
O Jordan, that you turned back?
You mountains, that you skipped like rams?*
you little hills like young sheep?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,*
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water*
and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
A Song of the Redeemed (Revelation 7. 9-10,14b-17)
Behold, a great multitude
which no one could number,
>From every nation,
from all tribes and peoples and tongues,
standing before the throne and the Lamb.
They were clothed in white robes
and had palms in their hands,
and they cried with a loud voice, saying,
'Salvation belongs to our God
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.'
These are they
who have come out of the great tribulation,
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb;
Therefore they stand before the throne of God,
whom they serve day and night within the temple.
And the One who sits upon the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
They shall never again feel hunger or thirst,
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the heart of the throne
will be their Shepherd,
He will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.
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 [Acts 3:1-10]:
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the
hour of prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon. And a
man lame from birth was being carried in. People would
lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the
Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those
entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to
go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked
intently at him, as did John, and said, 'Look at us.' And
he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive
something from them. But Peter said, 'I have no silver or
gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.' And he took him
by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his
feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood
and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them,
walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw
him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as
the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful
Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and
amazement at what had happened to him.
For another Biblical reading,
Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10, 18-27
Words: Charles Wesley, 1747
Tune: Hyfrydol, Love Divine, Blaenwern
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Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.
Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.
Finish then thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee:
changed from glory into glory,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.
The Benedictus (Morning), the
Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
O Christ, in your resurrection,
the heavens and the earth rejoice:
By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell,
and destroyed sin and death.
Keep us victorious over sin.
By your resurrection you raised the dead,
and brought us from death to life.
Guide us in the way of eternal life.
By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners,
and filled the disciples with joy.
Give us joy in your service.
By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the women and apostles,
and brought salvation to the whole world.
Direct our lives as your new creation.
By your resurrection you give new life to your people, the Church.
We pray especially for the Diocese of Chandigarh,
The Most Revd Joel Vidyasagar Mal, Bishop.
Send us out to do the work you have given us to do.
All creation trembles before you, Lord God,
for you have plumbed the deep waters of death
and have brought us forth as new-born into your sanctuary:
may your presence go before us to guide us
into your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
who heard the prayers
and gathered up the loving tears of Monnica
for the conversion of her child Augustine,
deepen our devotion, we pray,
and help us to work in accordance with your will,
that we may bring others,
even our own kindred,
to the knowledge and love Jesus Christ;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Rejoicing in the God's new creation,
let us pray as our Redeemer has taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
Stir up our faith, O God of life,
that our hearts may burn within us
at the sound of Jesus' word,
and our eyes be opened to recognize him
in the breaking of the bread. 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 use sentences
from three prayers in _Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary
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