OREMUS: 18 February 2008
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OREMUS for Monday, February 18, 2008
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy:
you accepted the sacrifice of your Son,
who have himself up for the sake of all.
You train us by his teaching
and school us in his obedience,
that as we walk his way of sacrifice,
we may come to share in your glory.
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.
Give judgement for me, O Lord,
for I have lived with integrity;*
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
Test me, O Lord, and try me;*
examine my heart and my mind.
For your love is before my eyes;*
I have walked faithfully with you.
I have not sat with the worthless,*
nor do I consort with the deceitful.
I have hated the company of evildoers;*
I will not sit down with the wicked.
I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord,*
that I may go in procession round your altar,
Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving*
and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
Lord, I love the house in which you dwell*
and the place where your glory abides.
Do not sweep me away with sinners,*
nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
Whose hands are full of evil plots,*
and their right hand full of bribes.
As for me, I will live with integrity;*
redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me.
My foot stands on level ground;*
in the full assembly I will bless the Lord.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear?*
the Lord is the strength of my life;
of whom then shall I be afraid?
When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh,*
it was they, my foes and my adversaries,
who stumbled and fell.
Though an army should encamp against me,*
yet my heart shall not be afraid;
And though war should rise up against me,*
yet will I put my trust in him.
One thing have I asked of the Lord;
one thing I seek;*
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
To behold the fair beauty of the Lord*
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he shall keep me safe in his shelter;*
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
and set me high upon a rock.
Even now he lifts up my head*
above my enemies round about me;
Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness;*
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call;*
have mercy on me and answer me.
You speak in my heart and say, 'Seek my face.'*
Your face, Lord, will I seek.
Hide not your face from me,*
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
You have been my helper;
cast me not away;*
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
Though my father and my mother forsake me,*
the Lord will sustain me.
Show me your way, O Lord;*
lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries,*
for false witnesses have risen up against me,
and also those who speak malice.
What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the Lord*
in the land of the living!
O tarry and await the Lord's pleasure;
be strong and he shall comfort your heart;*
wait patiently for the Lord.
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 [Daniel 9.4 10]:
I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying,
'Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with those
who love you and keep your commandments, we have sinned and done wrong, acted
wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and ordinances. We
have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings,
our princes, and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
'Righteousness is on your side, O Lord, but open shame, as at this day, falls on us, the
people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all Israel, those who are near and
those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the
treachery that they have committed against you. Open shame, O Lord, falls on us, our
kings, our officials, and our ancestors, because we have sinned against you. To the
Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him, and
have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws, which he set
before us by his servants the prophets.
Words: William Watkins Reid, Jr.
1959, renewed 1987 by The Hymn Society
Tune: Sandys, Dominica, St. Ethelwald, St. Michael,
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Help us, O Lord, to learn
the truths thy word imparts:
to study that thy laws may be
inscribed upon our hearts.
Help us, O Lord, to live
the faith which we proclaim,
that all our thoughts and words and deeds
may glorify thy name.
Help us, O Lord, to teach
the beauty of thy ways,
that yearning souls may find the Christ,
and sing aloud his praise.
SECOND READING [Luke 6.36 38]:
Jesus said, 'Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
'Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be
condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A
good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap;
for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.'
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
God of love and mercy,
give us clean hands and pure hearts,
that we may walk in innocence
and come to your eternal dwelling,
to praise you in the company of your saints for ever. Amen.
Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray as our Savior taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
Help us, O God, to be obedient to your call
to love all your children,
to do justice and show mercy,
and to live in peace with your whole creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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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