OREMUS: 7 February 2011
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Sun Feb 6 17:00:01 GMT 2011
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OREMUS for February 7
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, O God,
through Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd.
In the waters of baptism you give us new birth,
at your table you nourish us with heavenly food,
and in your goodness and mercy
you guide us beyond the terrors of evil and death
to your Father's home to dwell in eternal light.
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.
Do not fret yourself because of evildoers;*
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
For they shall soon wither like the grass,*
and like the green grass fade away.
Put your trust in the Lord and do good;*
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
Take delight in the Lord,*
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
Commit your way to the Lord
and put your trust in him,*
and he will bring it to pass.
He will make your righteousness as clear as the light*
and your just dealing as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord*
and wait patiently for him.
Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers,*
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
Refrain from anger, leave rage alone;*
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off,*
but those who wait upon the Lord
shall possess the land.
In a little while the wicked shall be no more;*
you shall search out their place,
but they will not be there.
But the lowly shall possess the land;*
they will delight in abundance of peace.
The wicked plot against the righteous*
and gnash at them with their teeth.
The Lord laughs at the wicked,*
because he sees that their day will come.
The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy,*
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
Their sword shall go through their own heart,*
and their bow shall be broken.
The little that the righteous have*
is better than great riches of the wicked.
For the power of the wicked shall be broken,*
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
The Lord cares for the lives of the godly,*
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
They shall not be ashamed in bad times,*
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
As for the wicked, they shall perish,*
and the enemies of the Lord,
like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish;
they shall vanish like smoke.
The wicked borrow and do not repay,*
but the righteous are generous in giving.
Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land,*
but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
Our steps are directed by the Lord;*
he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong,*
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
I have been young and now I am old,*
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging bread.
The righteous are always generous in their lending,*
and their children shall be a blessing.
Turn from evil and do good,*
and dwell in the land for ever.
For the Lord loves justice;*
he does not forsake his faithful ones.
They shall be kept safe for ever,*
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
The righteous shall possess the land*
and dwell in it for ever.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,*
and their tongue speaks what is right.
The law of their God is in their heart,*
and their footsteps shall not falter.
The wicked spy on the righteous*
and seek occasion to kill them.
The Lord will not abandon them to their hand,*
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
Wait upon the Lord and keep his way;*
he will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
I have seen the wicked in their arrogance,*
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
I went by and, behold, they were not there;*
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
Mark those who are honest; observe the upright;*
for there is a future for the peaceable.
Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all;*
the future of the wicked is cut off.
But the deliverance of the righteous
comes from the Lord;*
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The Lord will help them and rescue them;*
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
because they seek refuge in him.
FIRST READING [Jonah 3:1-4:11]:
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 'Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.' So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, 'Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!' And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he had a proclamation made in Nineveh: 'By the decree of the king and his nobles: No human being or animal, no herd or flock, shall taste anything. They shall not feed, nor shall they drink water. Human beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is in their hands. Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish.'
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, 'O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.' And the Lord said, 'Is it right for you to be angry?' Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, 'It is better for me to die than to live.'
But God said to Jonah, 'Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?' And he said, 'Yes, angry enough to die.' Then the Lord said, 'You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labour and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?'
Words: Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840-1929)
Meter: 77 77
Many things in life there are
Past our understanding far,
And the humblest flower that grows
Hides a secret no one knows.
All unread by outer sense
Lies the soul's experience;
Mysteries around us rise,
We, the deeper mysteries!
While we may so little scan
Of thy vast creation's plan,
Teach us, O our God, to be
Humble in our walk with thee!
May we trust, through ill and good,
Thine unchanging Fatherhood,
And our highest wisdom find
In the reverent heart and mind!
Clearer vision shall be ours,
Larger wisdom, ampler powers,
And the meaning yet appear
Of what passes knowledge here.
SECOND READING [John 2:112]:
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine.' And Jesus said to her, 'Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.' His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.' Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, 'Fill the jars with water.' And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, 'Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.' So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, 'Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.' Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there for a few days.
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
Our love for you, O God, is a grace
rather to be felt than defined:
Help us to preserve it by prayer,
to ensure it by the sacraments
and to enliven it by the Holy Eucharist,
which is the feast of love
given to us by your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
The God of love who calls us,
guide us this day and always:
his might uphold us,
his love enfold us,
his peace empower us;
in Jesus' Name. 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 and the closing sentence are adapted from
prayers reprinted from _Revised Common Lectionary Prayers_,
copyright (c) 2002 Consultation on Common Texts.
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