OREMUS: 26 March 2010
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OREMUS for Friday, March 26, 2010
Harriet Monsell, Founder of the Community of St John the Baptist, Clewer, 1883
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to you, O Champion of all Loves,
who for our sake endured the cross,
encountered the enemy and tasted death.
Glory be to you, O King of all kings,
who for our salvation
wrestled with principalities and powers,
subdued the forces of hell
and won the greatest of all victories.
To you be all praise, all glory and all love;
now and for ever. Amen.
An opening canticle may be sung.
Your word is a lantern to my feet*
and a light upon my path.
I have sworn and am determined*
to keep your righteous judgements.
I am deeply troubled;*
preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.
Accept, O Lord, the willing tribute of my lips,*
and teach me your judgements.
My life is always in my hand,*
yet I do not forget your law.
The wicked have set a trap for me,*
but I have not strayed from your commandments.
Your decrees are my inheritance for ever;*
truly, they are the joy of my heart.
I have applied my heart to fulfil your statutes*
for ever and to the end.
I hate those who have a divided heart,*
but your law do I love.
You are my refuge and shield;*
my hope is in your word.
Away from me, you wicked!*
I will keep the commandments of my God.
Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live,*
and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
Hold me up and I shall be safe,*
and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
You spurn all who stray from your statutes;*
their deceitfulness is in vain.
In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross;*
therefore I love your decrees.
My flesh trembles with dread of you;*
I am afraid of your judgements.
I have done what is just and right;*
do not deliver me to my oppressors.
Be surety for your servant's good;*
let not the proud oppress me.
My eyes have failed from watching for your salvation*
and for your righteous promise.
Deal with your servant
according to your lovingkindness*
and teach me your statutes.
I am your servant; grant me understanding,*
that I may know your decrees.
It is time for you to act, O Lord,*
for they have broken your law.
Truly, I love your commandments*
more than gold and precious stones.
I hold all your commandments to be right for me;*
all paths of falsehood I abhor.
Your decrees are wonderful;*
therefore I obey them with all my heart.
When your word goes forth it gives light;*
it gives understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant;*
I long for your commandments.
Turn to me in mercy,*
as you always do to those who love your name.
Steady my footsteps in your word;*
let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Rescue me from those who oppress me,*
and I will keep your commandments.
Let your countenance shine upon your servant*
and teach me your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears,*
because people do not keep your law.
You are righteous, O Lord,*
and upright are your judgements.
You have issued your decrees*
with justice and in perfect faithfulness.
My indignation has consumed me,*
because my enemies forget your words.
Your word has been tested to the uttermost,*
and your servant holds it dear.
I am small and of little account,*
yet I do not forget your commandments.
Your justice is an everlasting justice*
and your law is the truth.
Trouble and distress have come upon me,*
yet your commandments are my delight.
The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting;*
grant me understanding, that I may live.
FIRST READING [Exod. 12:21-28]:
Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, 'Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children. When you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance. And when your children ask you, "What do you mean by this observance?" you shall say, "It is the passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses."' And the people bowed down and worshipped. The Israelites went and did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.
Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Tune: Irish, Stockton (CM)
Long as I live I'll bless Thy Name,
My King, my God of love;
My work and joy shall be the same
In the bright world above.
Great is the Lord, His power unknown,
And let His praise be great:
I'll sing the honours of Thy throne,
Thy works of grace repeat.
Thy grace shall dwell upon my tongue,
And while my lips rejoice,
The men that hear my sacred song
Shall join their cheerful voice.
Fathers to sons shall teach Thy Name,
And children learn Thy ways;
Ages to come Thy truth proclaim,
And nations sound Thy praise.
Thy glorious deeds of ancient date
Shall through the world be known;
Thine arm of power, Thy heavenly state,
With public splendour shown.
The world is managed by Thy hands,
Thy saints are ruled by love;
And Thine eternal kingdom stands,
Though rocks and hills remove.
SECOND READING [John 12:44-end]:
Jesus cried aloud: 'Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.'
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
you have given us the Good News
of your abounding love in your Son Jesus Christ:
So fill our hearts with thankfulness
that we may rejoice to proclaim
the good tidings we have received;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
God our Savior,
today we celebrate with joy
the memory of your servant Harriet Monsell,
and we give thanks for her faithfulness and love:
May we, like her, serve you with generous hearts.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray as our Savior taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
Help us, O Lord Jesus Christ,
to enter in your sorrows and to rejoice in your victory;
to embrace your cross and to wear your crown;
to receive the wounds of your love
and to behold you in glory and light;
for your own name's sake. Amen.
The psalms are from _Celebrating Common Prayer_ (Mowbray), (c) The Society of Saint Francis 1992, which is used with permission.
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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