OREMUS: 19 March 2007

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Mon Mar 19 13:19:05 GMT 2007

OREMUS for Monday, March 19, 2007
Saint Joseph
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Blessed are you, almighty God,
for your wise and faithful servant Joseph,
the righteous man and faithful guardian
of the most precious treasures of God,
his Son and his spouse, the ever-blessed Virgin Mary.
As you enriched him with your grace,
you shed forth the blessings of your love on us.
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 25
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
    my God, I put my trust in you;*
  let me not be humiliated,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
Let none who look to you be put to shame;*
  let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
Show me your ways, O Lord,*
  and teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,*
  for you are the God of my salvation;
    in you have I trusted all the day long.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,*
  for they are from everlasting.
Remember not the sins of my youth
    and my transgressions;*
  remember me according to your love
    and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
Gracious and upright is the Lord;*
  therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
He guides the humble in doing right*
  and teaches his way to the lowly.
All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness*
  to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For your name’s sake, O Lord,*
  forgive my sin, for it is great.
Who are they who fear the Lord?*
  he will teach them the way that they should choose.
They shall dwell in prosperity,*
  and their offspring shall inherit the land.
The Lord is a friend to those who fear him*
  and will show them his covenant.
My eyes are ever looking to the Lord,*
  for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and have pity on me,*
  for I am left alone and in misery.
The sorrows of my heart have increased;*
  bring me out of my troubles.
Look upon my adversity and misery*
  and forgive me all my sin.
Look upon my enemies, for they are many,*
  and they bear a violent hatred against me.
Protect my life and deliver me;*
  let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,*
  for my hope has been in you.
Deliver Israel, O God,*
  out of all his troubles.

A Song of God's Chosen One (Isaiah 11.1-4a,6,9)

There shall come forth a shoot from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

The spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear,

But with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid.

The calf, the lion and the fatling together,
with a little child to lead them.

They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

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 [2 Samuel 7:4-16]:

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my 
servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to 
live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people 
of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent 
and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of 
Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, 
whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, 'Why have you not 
built me a house of cedar?' Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant 
David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from 
following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been 
with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before 
you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones 
of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will 
plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no 
more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time 
that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest 
from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord 
will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with 
your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come 
forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a 
house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits 
iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows 
inflicted by human beings. But I will not take my steadfast love from him, 
as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. Your house and 
your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be 
established for ever.

Words: © Marnie Barrell, 1995
Tune: Rustington, Blaenwern, Abbot's Leigh, Hyfrydol

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Praise to God, whose Holy Spirit
formed the life in Mary's womb,
won the trust of gentle Joseph
praise to God for Jesus' home.
We give thanks for those who loved him,
fed his body, shaped his mind;
all who helped to make him holy
blessed, through him, all humankind.

Poor the home where humble parents
lived and worked beside the boy
poor in comforts and possessions,
rich in wisdom, love and joy.
Here was suffering met with courage,
here God's will was daily done;
rich indeed the home where Jesus
grew as God's beloved Son.

Faithful Israel's son and daughter,
chosen from the chosen race,
we will honour you and praise you,
first to see God's human face.
Heirs of Abraham and Sarah,
you bring us, through Jesus' birth,
every blessing God has promised
all the families of earth.

SECOND READING [Matthew 1:18-end]:

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother 
Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was 
found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a 
righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to 
dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of 
the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not 
be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from 
the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he 
will save his people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfil what 
had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

'Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel',

which means, 'God is with us.' When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the 
angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no 
marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

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

We pray for the family of the Church,
for loving relationships,
and for the life of families around us.
We pray especially for the Diocese of Meru, Kenya,
The Rt Revd Charles Ndiga Mwendwa, Bishop.
Return to top of page Jesus, Lord of love,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, born in poverty and soon a refugee,
be with families today who are poor
and live in hunger and want...
Jesus, Lord of love,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, as you grew in wisdom and in favor
with God and the people
in the family of Joseph the carpenter,
bring wisdom and the presence of God
into the work and growth of families today...
Jesus, Lord of love,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, as you blessed marriage in the wedding at Cana,
be with those preparing for marriage
and with those who come to the end of their resources...
Jesus, Lord of love,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, as you healed Peter's mother-in-law,
bring healing to those in our families who are ill today...
Jesus, Lord of love,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, when you were dying
you called Mary and John to care for one another.
Provide today for those who lose their families:
the bereaved and childless, orphans and widows...
Jesus, Lord of love,
in your mercy, hear us.

Jesus, as you ate breakfast on the beach with your disciples,
after you were raised from the dead,
bring the whole Church on earth and in heaven
into your risen presence to eat at the eternal banquet.
Jesus, Lord of love,
in your mercy, hear us.

God our Father,
who from the family of your servannt David
raised up Joseph the carpenter
to be the guardian of your incarnate Son
and husband of the blessed virgin Mary:
give us grace to follow him
in faithful obedience to your commands;
through Jesus Christ our lord. 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 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 adapts phrases from Opening Prayers: 
Collects in Contemporary Language. Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1999.

The closing sentence is from New Patterns for Worship, copyright © The 
Archbishops' Council, 2002.

All that we know of Joseph we learn from the first two chapters of Matthew 
and of Luke. Otherwise he is mentioned only in passing in Luke 3:23; John 
1:45; John 6:42 as the supposed father of Jesus. (Mark does not mention him 
at all.)

In the face of circumstances where a man of lesser character might have 
reacted very differently, Joseph graciously assumed the role of Jesus' 
father. He is well remembered in Christian tradition for the love he showed 
to the boy Jesus, and for his tender affection and care for Mary, during 
the twelve years and more that he was their protector.

Joseph was a pious Jew, a descendant of David, and a carpenter by trade. 
(The Gospels use the Greek word TEKTON, which means "builder," as in 
"architect." It has been suggested that he may have been a mason or a 
metalworker, or a building contractor. In favor of the traditional 
translation, we have a remark in the writings of Justin Martyr, who was 
born in Palestine, probably around 100, and who tells us that he has seen 
plows and ox-yokes still in use which were said to have been made in the 
carpenter-shop at Nazareth. We may not believe that the particular claims 
were all accurate, but they are testimony to what the Christians of 
Palestine in the early second century believed that Joseph's occupation had 
been, and this may be an idea continuously handed down in the community 
there since the early first century.) Because of the silence of the 
Gospels, and because Jesus entrusted Mary to the care of John, it is 
generally believed that Joseph died a natural death after the visit to 
Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve (Luke 2:41-51), but before the Baptism of 
Jesus when He was thirty. Joseph's influence during those early years must 
have been tremendous. When Jesus spoke of God as being like a loving 
Father, He was using a word that he had first learned as a child to apply 
to Joseph. Joseph stands as a testimony to the value of simple everyday 
human things, and especially that human thing called "fatherhood." [James 

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