OREMUS: 28 October 2006

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OREMUS for Saturday, October 28, 2005 
Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 
Blessed are you, O God,
for your Son, the eternal Shepherd,
who will never forsake his flock.
We give you thanks for the witness 
of the holy apostles and their successors
whom you have called to be shepherds of your Church.
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 116

I love the Lord,
   because he has heard the voice of my supplication,*  because he
has inclined his ear to me
   whenever I called upon him. The cords of
death entangled me;
   the grip of the grave took hold of me;*  I came to grief and
sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord:*
 'O Lord, I pray you, save my life.' Gracious is
the Lord and righteous;*
 our God is full of compassion. The Lord watches over the
 I was brought very low and he helped me. Turn again to
your rest, O my soul,*
 for the Lord has treated you well. For you have rescued my
life from death,*
 my eyes from tears and my feet from stumbling. I will walk
in the presence of the Lord*
 in the land of the living. I believed, even when I said,
   'I have been brought very low.'*  In my distress I
said, 'No one can be trusted.' How shall I repay the
 for all the good things he has done for me? I will lift up
the cup of salvation*
 and call upon the name of the Lord. I will fulfil my vows
to the Lord*
 in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of
the Lord*
 is the death of his servants. O Lord, I am your
 I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;    you have
freed me from my bonds. I will offer you the sacrifice of
 and call upon the name of the Lord. I will fulfil my vows
to the Lord*
 in the presence of all his people. In the courts of the
Lord's house,*
 in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Glory and Honor (Revelation 4:11; 5:9b)

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power.

For you have created all things,
and by your will they have their being.

You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and nation.

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests
serving our God,
and they will reign with you on earth.

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 [Wisdom 5:1-16]:

Then the righteous will stand with great confidence
in the presence of those who have oppressed them
and those who make light of their labours.
When the unrighteous see them, 
they will be shaken with dreadful fear,
and they will be amazed at the unexpected salvation of the righteous. They will speak to
one another in repentance,
and in anguish of spirit they will groan, and say,
'These are persons whom we once held in derision
and made a byword of reproach fools that we were!
We thought that their lives were madness
and that their end was without honour.
Why have they been numbered among the children of God? And why is their lot among the
So it was we who strayed from the way of truth,
and the light of righteousness did not shine on us,
and the sun did not rise upon us.
We took our fill of the paths of lawlessness and destruction, and we journeyed through
trackless deserts,
but the way of the Lord we have not known.
What has our arrogance profited us?
And what good has our boasted wealth brought us?

'All those things have vanished like a shadow,
and like a rumour that passes by;
like a ship that sails through the billowy water,
and when it has passed no trace can be found,
no track of its keel in the waves;
or as, when a bird flies through the air,
no evidence of its passage is found;
the light air, lashed by the beat of its pinions
and pierced by the force of its rushing flight,
is traversed by the movement of its wings,
and afterwards no sign of its coming is found there;
or as, when an arrow is shot at a target,
the air, thus divided, comes together at once,
so that no one knows its pathway.
So we also, as soon as we were born, ceased to be,
and we had no sign of virtue to show,
but were consumed in our wickedness.'
Because the hope of the ungodly 
is like thistledown carried by the wind,
and like a light frost driven away by a storm;
it is dispersed like smoke before the wind,
and it passes like the remembrance of a guest who stays but a day.

But the righteous live for ever,
and their reward is with the Lord;
the Most High takes care of them.
Therefore they will receive a glorious crown
and a beautiful diadem from the hand of the Lord,
because with his right hand he will cover them,
and with his arm he will shield them.

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Thou who sentest thine apostles
two and two before thy face,
partners in the night of toiling,
heirs together of thy grace,
throned at length, their labors ended,
each in his appointed place;

Praise to thee for thy champions
whom our hymns today proclaim:
one, whose zeal by thee enlightened
burned anew with nobler flame;
one, the kinsman of thy childhood,
brought at last to know thy Name.

Praise to thee! thy fire within them
spake in love and wrought in power:
seen in mighty signs and wonders
in thy Church's morning hour;
heard in tones of sternest warning
when the storms began to lower.

God the Father, great and wondrous
in thy works, to thee be praise;
King of saints, to thee be glory,
just and true in all thy ways;
praise to thee, from Both proceeding,
Holy Ghost, through endless days.

The Benedictus (Morning),
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Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus,  and for all people according to
their needs.

Almighty and everlasting God, 
we humbly thank you for all the numerous blessings 
which you have given us for the benefit of both body and soul. Though we are worthy of
none of your blessings, 
you still abundantly provide according to your will.   By your grace, continue to grant all
that your people need  for time and eternity.  
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

O Lord, 
we praise you especially for preserving your Word and Sacraments throughout the
generations by your apostles and their successors. Give to all bishops and to all who hear
them zeal for the truth,  so that they may always proclaim and promote the Gospel 
and bring the good news of salvation to more people in our generation.   Lord, in your
hear our prayer.

Faithful Father, continue to nurture and extend your Church on earth  by guiding our
choices of those who study for the priesthood.  Let your Spirit work unhindered in all our
seminaries and schools.   To all teachers and other servants of the Church 
grant faithfulness to their callings, 
and to all our people grant a love of your name 
and the desire to serve you their whole life long.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For all the saints who, by your grace, now rest from their labors,  we give you thanks
(especially for ____________).  
For those saints who are still strangers and pilgrims on earth,  grant protection and power
to remain in your Word, 
keep the true faith, and live in ways that are fitting for members of your household.  
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Almighty God, 
you have built your Church on the foundation 
of the apostles and prophets 
with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone: 
We thank you for the apostles Simon and Jude, 
and we pray that we may reveal your love and mercy, 
and being joined together in unity of spirit 
may grow into a holy temple, acceptable to you; 
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

- The Lord's Prayer 
May the coming of Christ in glory find us
ever watchful in prayer,
strong in truth and love,
and faithful in the breaking of the bread.
Then, at last, all peoples will be free,
and all divisions healed. 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

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 intercession is based (heavily adapted) from a prayer by the Lutheran Church--Missouri

The collect is from _A Prayer Book for Australia_, (c) 1995, The Anglican
Church of Australia Trust Corporation.

On the various New Testament lists of the Twelve Apostles (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19;
Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13), the tenth and eleventh places are occupied by Simon the Zealot and by
Judas of James, also called Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. Some ancient Christian writers say that
Simon and Jude went together as missionaries to Persia, and were martyred there. If this is true, it
explains, to some extent, our lack of historical information on them and also why they are usually
put together.
Simon is not mentioned by name in the New Testament except on these lists.  Judas (often called
Jude in English, but the Greek has Judas) is variously named, but this is not surprising. Before the
Crucifixion, there would be a need to distinguish him among the apostles from Judas Iscariot, and
after the Crucifixion there would be an additional reason for being emphatic about the distinction.
After the Last Supper it was Jude who asked Our Lord why he chose to reveal Himself only to
the disciples. He received the reply: "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father
will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (John 14:22f) [James

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