OREMUS: 22 March 2007
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OREMUS for Thursday, March 22, 2007
James De Koven, Priest, 1879
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Blessed are you, God, rich in mercy,
you so loved the world
that when we were dead in our sins,
you sent your only Son for our deliverance.
Lifted up from the earth,
he is light and life;
exalted upon the cross,
he is truth and salvation.
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.
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 Jonah (Jonah 2:2-7,9)
I called to you, O God, out of my distress
and you answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
You cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me,
all your waves and billows passed over me.
Then I said, I am driven away from your sight;
how shall I ever look again upon your holy temple?
The waters closed in over me,
the deep was round about me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me for ever,
yet you brought up my life from the depths, O God.
As my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, O God,
and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
With the voice of thanksgiving, I will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay,
deliverance belongs to the Lord!
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 43:1-7]:
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my sight,
and honoured, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
I will say to the north, 'Give them up',
and to the south, 'Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.'
Words: Scottish Paraphrases, 1781
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Behold! the mountain of the Lord
in latter days shall rise
on mountain tops above the hills,
and draw the wondering eyes.
To this the joyful nations round,
all tribes and tongues, shall flow;
up to the hill of God, they'll say,
and to his house we'll go.
The beam that shines from Zion hill
shall lighten every land;
the King who reigns in Salem's towers
shall all the world command.
Among the nations he shall judge;
his judgments truth shall guide;
his scepter shall protect the just,
and quell the sinner's pride.
No strife shall vex Messiah's reign
or mar the peaceful years;
to plowshares men shall beat their swords,
to pruning-hooks their spears.
No longer hosts, encountering hosts,
shall crowds of slain deplore;
they hang the trumpet in the hall,
and study war no more.
Come then, O come, from every land
to worship at his shrine;
and, walking in the light of God,
with holy beauties shine.
SECOND READING [Philippians 2:19-24]:
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by
news of you. I have no one like him who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
All of them are seeking their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But Timothy's
worth you know, how like a son with a father he has served with me in the work of the
gospel. I hope therefore to send him as soon as I see how things go with me; and I
trust in the Lord that I will also come soon.
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Lord, open a path for your Word
To declare the mystery of Christ.
Turn now, O God of hosts;
Behold and tend the vine you have planted.
May your people rejoice and sing,
And your ministers be clothed with salvation.
May they stand and feed your flock
In the strength of your name.
Keep from trouble all those who trust in you
And forget not the poor for ever.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon us,
As we have put our hope in you.
Almighty and most merciful God,
drive from us all weakness of body, mind, and spirit;
that, being restored to wholeness,
we may with free hearts become what you intend us to be
and accomplish what you want us to do;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty and everlasting God,
the source and perfection of all virtues,
you inspired your servant James DeKoven
to do what is right and to preach what is true:
Grant that all ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may impart to your faithful people, by word and example,
the knowledge of your grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 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), (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 adapts phrases from _Opening
Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press,
The closing sentence is from _New Patterns for Worship_,
copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council, 2002.
The second collect is from _The Proper for the Lesser Feasts and
Fasts_, 3rd edition, (c) 1980 The Church Pension Fund.
James de Koven was born in Connecticut in 1831, ordained to the priesthood
in 1855, and promptly became a professor of Church history at at Nashotah
House, a seminary of the Episcopal Church in Wisconsin. In 1859 he became
Warden of Racine College, an Episcopal college in Racine, Wisconsin.
Nashotah House was from its inception dedicated to an increased emphasis on
the real presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and on the
use of ritual practices that recognized and honored that presence. This met
opposition from other Christians who were suspicious (1) of anything that
suggested Roman Catholicism, (2) of anything that seemed fancy and
pretentious, as opposed to the plain, blunt, simplicity that was considered to be
an American virtue as well as a virtue of the New Testament Church, and (3)
of anything that varied from the practices they had become used to as
In the General Conventions of 1871 and 1874, de Koven became the chief
spokesman for the "ritualists," defending the use of candles, incense, bowing
and kneeling, and the like. He reminded his hearers of the numerous assertions
by prominent Anglican theologians from the Reformation on down who had
taught, and the ecclesiastical courts which when the question came up had
ruled, that it is Anglican belief, shared not only with Romans but with
Lutherans and East Orthodox, that the presence of the Body and Blood of
Christ in the Sacrament is a real and objective presence. However, he was
eloquent and firm in saying: "The gestures and practices by which we
recognize the presence of Christ do not matter. Only Christ matters."
In 1874 he was elected Bishop of Wisconsin, and in 1875 Bishop of Illinois,
but because he was "controversial" he failed both times to have his election
ratified by a majority of Bishops and a majority of Standing Committees of
Dioceses, as required by canon law. He died at his college in Racine,
Wisconsin, on 22 March 1879. [James Kiefer]
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