OREMUS: 6 August 2007

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Mon Aug 6 15:22:03 GMT 2007

OREMUS for Monday, August 6, 2007
The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
enthroned in majesty,
giver of freedom,
unveiler of light,
tender in mercy,
awesome in holiness.
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 72
Give the king your justice, O God,*
  and your righteousness to the king’s son;
That he may rule your people righteously*
  and the poor with justice;
That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people,*
  and the little hills bring righteousness.
He shall defend the needy among the people;*
  he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure,*
  from one generation to another.
He shall come down like rain upon the mown field,*
  like showers that water the earth.
In his time shall the righteous flourish;*
  there shall be abundance of peace
    till the moon shall be no more.
He shall rule from sea to sea,*
  and from the River to the ends of the earth.
His foes shall bow down before him,*
  and his enemies lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute,*
  and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
All kings shall bow down before him,*
  and all the nations do him service.
For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress,*
  and the oppressed who has no helper.
He shall have pity on the lowly and poor;*
  he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence,*
  and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
Long may he live,
    and may there be given to him gold from Arabia;*
  may prayer be made for him always,
    and may they bless him all the day long.
May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
    growing thick even on the hilltops;*
  may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
    and its grain like grass upon the earth.
May his name remain for ever
    and be established as long as the sun endures;*
  may all the nations bless themselves in him
    and call him blessèd.
Blessèd be the Lord God, the God of Israel,*
  who alone does wondrous deeds!
And blessèd be his glorious name for ever!*
  and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
    Amen. Amen.

A Song of God's Assembled (Hebrews 12:22-24a,28-29)

We have come before God's holy mountain,
to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.

We have come before countless angels making festival,
before the assembly of the firstborn citizens of heaven.

We have come before God, who is judge of all,
before the spirits of the just made perfect.

We have come before Jesus,
the mediator of the new covenant.

We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken:
so let us give thanks and offer to God acceptable worship,

full of reverence and awe;
for our God is a consuming fire.

Psalm 150
    Praise God in his holy temple;*
  praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts;*
  praise him for his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn;*
  praise him with lyre and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance;*
  praise him with strings and pipe.
Praise him with resounding cymbals;*
  praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath*
  praise the Lord.

FIRST READING [Daniel 7:9-10,13-14]:

As I watched,
thrones were set in place,
and an Ancient One took his throne;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames,
and its wheels were burning fire.
A stream of fire issued
and flowed out from his presence.
A thousand thousand served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.
The court sat in judgement,
and the books were opened. As I watched in the night visions,
I saw one like a human being
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
and was presented before him.
To him was given dominion
and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
that shall never be destroyed.

Words: © Alan Gaunt
Tune: Brockham

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Transfigured Christ, none comprehends
your majesty, whose splendor stuns
all waking souls; whose light transcends
the brightness of a thousand suns!

You stand with Moses on the hill,
you speak of your new exodus.
The way through death you will fulfill
by dying helpless on the cross.

You stand here with Elijah too,
by whom the still small voice was heard;
and you, yourself, will prove God true,
made mute in death, incarnate Word.

If we could bear your brightness here
and stay forever in your light,
then we would conquer grief and fear,
and scorn the terrors of the night.

But, from the heights, you bring us down
to share earth's agonies with you,
where piercing thorns are made your crown
and death, accepted, proves love true.

Majestic Christ, God's well-loved Son,
if we must share your grief and loss,
transfigure us, when all is done,
with glory shining from your cross.

SECOND READING [2 Corinthians 4:3-6]:

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the 
unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory 
of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we 
proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. 
For it is the God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness', who has 
shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God 
in the face of Jesus Christ.

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

Lord of glory, it is good that we are here.
In peace we make our prayer to you.
In trust we confirm our faith in you.
Help us to set our faces steadfastly where you would go with us.
Lord, look with favour.
Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on your Church,
proclaiming your beloved Son to the world
and listening to the promptings of his Spirit.
May your Church be renewed in holiness
that may reflect your glory.
Lord, look with favour.
Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on the nations of the world,
scarred by hatred, strife and war,
and crying out to be changed by the touch of your hand...
May they hear the good news like a lamp shining in a murky place.
Lord, look with favour.
Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, look with favour on those in need and distress,
suffering as your Son has suffered
and waiting for the salvation you promise...
May the day break and Christ the Morning Star
bring them the light of his presence.
Lord, look with favour.
Lord, transfigure and heal.

Lord of glory, it is good if we suffer with you
so that we shall be glorified with you.
According to your promise bring all Christ's brothers and sisters...
to see him with their own eyes in majesty
and to be changed into his likeness from glory to glory.

To him be praise, dominion and worship
now and for all eternity. Amen.

O God,
in the transfiguration of your Son
you confirmed the mysteries of the faith
by the witness of Moses and Elijah;
and in the voice from the cloud
you foreshadowed our adoption as your children
Make us, with Christ, heirs of your glory,
and bring us to enjoy its fullness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

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

- The Lord's Prayer

Christ Jesus,
the splendor of the Father
and the image of his being,
draw us to himself
that we may live in his light
and share his glory
now and for ever. Amen.

The psalms and the invitation to the Lord's Prayer are from Celebrating 
Common Prayer (Mowbray), © The Society of Saint Francis 1992, which is used 
with permission.

The canticle is from Common Worship: Daily Prayer, Preliminary Edition, 
copyright © The Archbishops' Council, 2002.

The biblical passage is from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized 
Edition), copyright © 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 a 
form in Enriching the Christian Year SPCK, compilation ©Michael Perham 
1993. The intercession and the closing sentence are also adapted from that 

Hymn © 1991 by Stainer & Bell Ltd. (admin. by Hope Publishing Co., Carol 
Stream, IL 60188).
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For permission to reproduce this hymn, contact:
In US & Canada: Hope Publishing Company, www.hopepublishing.com
Rest of the World: Stainer & Bell Ltd., www.stainer.co.uk

The collect is from Book of Common Worship, © 1993 Westminster / John Knox 

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