OREMUS: 25 May 2007
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OREMUS for Friday, May 25, 2007
The Venerable Bede, Monk at Jarrow, Scholar, Historian, 735
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
Your living Word brings light out of darkness
and daily your Spirit renews the face of the earth.
Christ, the true Lamb, his passion accomplished,
has been raised to the right hand of your majesty on high.
The pioneer of our faith has opened the way to heaven
and sends on us your promised Spirit.
Pour upon us the riches of your grace
that we, the first fruits of your new creation,
may bring forth the fruits of the Spirit
and reveal your glory in all the world.
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.
Lord, remember David*
and all the hardships he endured;
How he swore an oath to the Lord*
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
'I will not come under the roof of my house,*
nor climb up into my bed;
'I will not allow my eyes to sleep,*
nor let my eyelids slumber;
'Until I find a place for the Lord,*
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.'
'The Ark! We heard it was in Ephrathah;*
we found it in the fields of Jearim.
'Let us go to God's dwelling place;*
let us fall upon our knees before his footstool.'
Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place,*
you and the ark of your strength.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness;*
let your faithful people sing with joy.
For your servant David's sake,*
do not turn away the face of your anointed.
The Lord has sworn an oath to David;*
in truth, he will not break it:
'A son, the fruit of your body*
will I set upon your throne.
'If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them,*
their children will sit upon your throne for evermore.'
For the Lord has chosen Zion,*
he has desired her for his habitation:
'This shall be my resting-place for ever;*
here will I dwell, for I delight in her.
'I will surely bless her provisions,*
and satisfy her poor with bread.
'I will clothe her priests with salvation,*
and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
'There will I make the horn of David flourish;*
I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
'As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame;*
but as for him, his crown will shine.'
Behold now, bless the Lord,
all you servants of the Lord,*
you that stand by night in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the holy place
and bless the Lord;*
the Lord who made heaven and earth
bless you out of Zion.
A Song of Christ's Appearing (1 Timothy 3:16; 6:15-16)
Christ Jesus was revealed in the flesh
and vindicated in the spirit.
He was seen by angels
and proclaimed among the nations.
Believed in throughout the world,
he was taken up in glory.
This will be made manifest at the proper time
by the blessed and only Sovereign,
Who alone has immortality,
and dwells in unapproachable light.
To the King of kings and Lord of lords
be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.
Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem;*
praise your God, O Zion;
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;*
he has blessed your children within you.
He has established peace on your borders;*
he satisfies you with the finest wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth,*
and his word runs very swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;*
he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
He scatters his hail like bread crumbs;*
who can stand against his cold?
He sends forth his word and melts them;*
he blows with his wind and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob,*
his statutes and his judgements to Israel.
He has not done so to any other nation;*
to them he has not revealed his judgements.
FIRST READING [Isaiah 44:1-4]:
But now hear, O Jacob my servant,
Israel whom I have chosen!
Thus says the Lord who made you,
who formed you in the womb and will help you:
Do not fear, O Jacob my servant,
Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my spirit upon your descendants,
and my blessing on your offspring.
They shall spring up like a green tamarisk,
like willows by flowing streams.
Words: The Venerable Bede (673-735);
trans. verses 1-2: Elizabeth Rundles Charles (1828-1896)
verse 3: Benjamin Webb (1819-1885).
Tune: Jam lucis orto sidere, Deo gracias
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A hymn of glory let us sing,
new hymns throughout the world shall ring;
by a new way none ever trod
Christ takes his place--the throne of God!
You are a present joy, O Lord;
you will be ever our reward;
and great the light in you we see
to guide us to eternity.
O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
all praise to you let earth accord,
who are, while endless ages run,
with Father and with Spirit, One.
SECOND READING [Galatians 6:7-10]:
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow
to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit,
you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is
right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we
have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the
family of faith.
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Holy Spirit, Creator,
in the beginning you moved over the waters.
>From your breath all creation drew life.
Without you, life turns to dust.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Holy Spirit, Counselor,
by your inspiration, the prophets spoke and acted in faith.
You clothed them in power to be bearers of your Word.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Holy Spirit, Power,
you came as fire to Jesus' disciples;
you gave them voice before the rulers of this world.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Holy Spirit, Sanctifier,
you created us children of God;
you make us the living temple of your presence;
you intercede within us with sighs too deep for words.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Holy Spirit, Giver of life,
you guide and make holy the church you create;
you give gifts:
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge and piety,
the spirit of the fear of the Lord,
that the whole creation may become what you want it to be.
Come, Holy Spirit!
True and only Light,
from whom comes every good gift.
Send your Spirit into our lives
with the power of a mighty wind.
Open the horizons of our minds
by the flame of your wisdom.
Loosen our tongues to show your praise,
for only in your Spirit can we voice your words of peace
and acclaim Jesus as Lord. Amen.
We pray you, O God,
that as your Son gave to the Venerable Bede
grace to drink in with joy the Word
that gives knowledge of you;
so in your goodness, you will grant us
to come at length to yourself, the source of all wisdom,
and to stand before you for ever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Rejoicing in the God's new creation,
let us pray as our Redeemer has taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
and may the gifts of your Spirit equip us
to serve and worship you now and always. 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 and the closing sentence are adapted from
a Eucharistic Prayer in _Book of Common Worship_, (c) 1993
Westminster / John Knox Press.
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