OREMUS: 1 May 2007

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OREMUS for Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Blessed are you, almighty God,
for you have raised from the dead
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
We rejoice to share in the redemption
made known to use by the apostles,
the steadfast and sure witnesses of salvation,
who desired to know you, the Father, 
in the fullness of truth.
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 139 [CCP]

Lord, you have searched me out and known me;*
 you know my sitting down and my rising up;
   you discern my thoughts from afar.
You trace my journeys and my resting-places*
 and are acquainted with all my ways.
Indeed, there is not a word on my lips,*
 but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
You press upon me behind and before*
 and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;*
 it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go then from your Spirit?*
 where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there;*
 if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning*
 and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand will lead me*
 and your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, 'Surely the darkness will cover me,*
 and the light around me turn to night',
Darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is as bright as the day;*
 darkness and light to you are both alike.
For you yourself created my inmost parts;*
 you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I will thank you because I am marvellously made;*
 your works are wonderful and I know it well.
My body was not hidden from you,*
 while I was being made in secret
   and woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
   all of them were written in your book;*
 they were fashioned day by day,
   when as yet there was none of them.
How deep I find your thoughts, O God!*
 how great is the sum of them!
If I were to count them,
   they would be more in number than the sand;*
 to count them all,
   my life span would need to be like yours.
Search me out, O God, and know my heart;*
 try me and know my restless thoughts.
Look well whether there be any wickedness in me*
 and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

Psalm 148

   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.

FIRST READING [Isaiah 30:15-21]:

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
In returning and rest you shall be saved;
   in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
But you refused and said,
'No! We will flee upon horses' 
   therefore you shall flee!
and, 'We will ride upon swift steeds' 
   therefore your pursuers shall be swift!
A thousand shall flee at the threat of one,
   at the threat of five you shall flee,
until you are left
   like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
   like a signal on a hill.

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you;
   therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
   blessed are all those who wait for him.

Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be
gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Though the Lord
may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide
himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when
you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.' 
Words: William Edgar Enman, 1908
Tune: Laus tibi Christe
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King of saints, we offer
highest praise to thee,
who didst free thy servants
from captivity;
sending thine apostles
to convey thy grace
unto every nation
and to every race.

Two of thine apostles
we remember now,
whom thou didst so freely
with thy grace endow.
Thou unto Saint Philip
hast thyself revealed,
one with God the Father
though in flesh concealed.

O how can we thank thee
for the light conferred
by Saint James thy servant,
in his faithful word.
Like these two apostles
faithful unto death,
may we love and serve thee
till our latest breath.

Make us dear Redeemer,
more and more like thee,
be the Way to lead us
o'er life's dark sea;
be the Truth to light us
to our home on high;
be the Life within us
that can never die.

SECOND READING [John 14:1-14]:

Jesus said, 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe 
in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there
are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have
told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I
go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and
will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you
may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am
going.' Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we do not know where
you are going. How can we know the way?' Jesus said to
him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me. If you know me,
you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him
and have seen him.'
Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and we
will be satisfied.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with
you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say,
"Show us the Father"? Do you not believe that I am in the
Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to
you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells
in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father
and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe
me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell
you, the one who believes in me will also do the works
that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these,
because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you
ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in
the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do

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

Encouraged by our fellowship with all the saints,
let us make our prayers to the Father through our Lord
Jesus Christ.

Father, your Son called men and women to leave the
past behind them and to follow him as his disciples in
the way of the cross.  Look with mercy upon those whom he
has called today, marked with the cross and made his
disciples within the Church.
     Lord have mercy.
     Christ have mercy.

Your Son told his disciples not to be afraid, and at
Easter breathed on them his gift of peace.  Look with
mercy upon the world into which he sent them out, and
give it that peace for which it longs
     Lord have mercy.
     Christ have mercy.

Your Son formed around him a company who were no
longer servants but friends, and he called all those who
obeyed him his brother and sister and mother.  Look with
mercy upon our families and friends and upon the
communities in which we share
     Lord have mercy.
     Christ have mercy.

Your Son sent out disciples to preach and to heal the
sick.  Look with mercy on all those who yearn to hear the
good news of salvation, and renew among your people the
gifts of healing
     Lord have mercy.
     Christ have mercy.

Your Son promised to those who followed him that they
would sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel
and would share the banquet of the kingdom.  According to
your promise, look with mercy on those who have walked
with Christ in this life and now have passed through
     Lord have mercy.
     Christ have mercy.

Almighty God, 
who gave to your apostles Philip and James 
grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: 
Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, 
may glorify in life and death 
the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and forever. 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  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 by Stephen Benner and is based on two
phrases in a prayer from _We Give You Thanks and Praise: The
Ambrosian Eucharistic Prefaces_, translated by Alan Griffiths, (c)
The Canterbury Press Norwich, 1999.

The intercession is from _Book of Common Worship_, (c)
1993 Westminster / John Knox Press. 

The collect is from The Book of Common Prayer_ (1979),
Charles Mortimer Guilbert, Custodian.

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