OREMUS: 11 February 2008
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OREMUS for Monday, February 11, 2008
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.
Happy are they who have not walked
in the counsel of the wicked,*
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
Their delight is in the law of the Lord,*
and they meditate on his law day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season,
with leaves that do not wither;*
everything they do shall prosper.
It is not so with the wicked:*
they are like chaff which the wind blows away;
Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright
when judgement comes,*
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,*
but the way of the wicked is doomed.
We have heard with our ears, O God,
our forebears have told us,*
the deeds you did in their days,
in the days of old.
How with your hand you drove the peoples out
and planted our forebears in the land;*
how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
For they did not take the land by their sword,
nor did their arm win the victory for them;*
but your right hand, your arm,
and the light of your countenance,
because you favoured them.
You are my King and my God;*
you command victories for Jacob.
Through you we pushed back our adversaries;*
through your name we trampled on those
who rose up against us.
For I do not rely on my bow,*
and my sword does not give me the victory.
Surely, you gave us victory over our adversaries*
and put those who hate us to shame.
Every day we gloried in God,*
and we will praise your name for ever.
Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us*
and do not go forth with our armies.
You have made us fall back before our adversary,*
and our enemies have plundered us.
You have made us like sheep to be eaten*
and have scattered us among the nations.
You are selling your people for a trifle*
and are making no profit on the sale of them.
You have made us the scorn of our neighbours,*
a mockery and derision to those around us.
You have made us a byword among the nations,*
a laughing-stock among the peoples.
My humiliation is daily before me,*
and shame has covered my face;
Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers,*
because of the enemy and avenger.
All this has come upon us;*
yet we have not forgotten you,
nor have we betrayed your covenant.
Our heart never turned back,*
nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
Though you thrust us down into a place of misery,*
and covered us over with deep darkness.
If we have forgotten the name of our God,*
or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
Will not God find it out?*
for he knows the secrets of the heart.
Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long;*
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping?*
Arise! do not reject us for ever.
Why have you hidden your face*
and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
We sink down into the dust;*
our body cleaves to the ground.
Rise up and help us,*
and save us for the sake of your steadfast love.
A Song of Praise (Revelation 4.11; 5.9b,10)
You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power.
For you have created all things,
and by your will they have their being.
You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests
serving our God,
and they will reign with you on earth.
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 [Leviticus 19.1 2, 11 18]:
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be
holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another. And
you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the
You shall not defraud your neighbour; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for
yourself the wages of a labourer until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a
stumbling-block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer
to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. You shall not go around as a
slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour:
I am the Lord.
You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour,
or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against
any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.
Words: Psalm 19; paraphrase by Timothy Dudley-Smith (c)
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The stars declare his glory;
the vault of heaven springs,
mute witness of the Master's hand
in all created things,
and through the silences of space
their soundless music sings.
The dawn returns in splendor,
the heavens burn and blaze,
the rising sun renews the race
that measures all our days,
and writes in fire across the skies
God's majesty and praise.
So shine the Lord's commandments
to make the simple wise;
more sweet than honey to the taste,
more rich than any prize,
a law of love within our hearts,
a light before our eyes.
So order too this life of mine,
direct it all my days;
the meditations of my heart
be innocence and praise,
my rock, and my redeeming Lord,
in all my words and ways.
SECOND READING [Matthew 25.31 end]:
Jesus said, 'When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then
he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and
he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the
goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the
king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was
hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I
was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was
sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me." Then the righteous
will answer him, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or
thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger
and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw
you sick or in prison and visited you?" And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell
you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you
did it to me." Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that are accursed, depart
from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry
and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a
stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick
and in prison and you did not visit me." Then they also will answer, "Lord, when was
it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did
not take care of you?" Then he will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did not
do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me." And these will go away into
eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.'
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance,
Govern and uphold them now and always.
Day by day, we bless you;
We praise your name for ever.
Keep us today, Lord, from all sin;
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
We long for your salvation, O Lord:
grant us understanding, that we may live.
Lord, show us your love and mercy,
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope:
Let us not be confounded at the last
Giver of life,
save us from the desert of faithlessness
and nourish us with the living water of your Word,
that we bring forth fruit that will last,
in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. 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.
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