OREMUS: 13 March 2011
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Sat Mar 12 17:00:01 GMT 2011
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OREMUS for March 13
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Blessed are you, O God of the universe.
Your mercy is everlasting
and your faithfulness endures from age to age.
Praise to you for creating the heavens and the earth.
Praise to you for saving the earth
from the waters of the flood.
Praise to you for the words and deeds
of Jesus, your anointed one.
For these and all your mercies, we praise you,
Blessed be God for ever!
An opening canticle may be sung.
Psalm 68 [CCP]
Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered;*
let those who hate him flee before him.
Let them vanish like smoke
when the wind drives it away;*
as the wax melts at the fire,
so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;*
let them also be merry and joyful.
Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
exalt him who rides upon the heavens;*
Yahweh is his name, rejoice before him!
Father of orphans, defender of widows,*
God in his holy habitation!
God gives the solitary a home
and brings forth prisoners into freedom;*
but the rebels shall live in dry places.
O God, when you went forth before your people,*
when you marched through the wilderness,
The earth shook and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,*
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance;*
you refreshed the land when it was weary.
Your people found their home in it;*
in your goodness, O God,
you have made provision for the poor.
The Lord gave the word;*
great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
'Kings with their armies are fleeing away;*
the women at home are dividing the spoils.'
Though you lingered among the sheepfolds,*
you shall be like a dove
whose wings are covered with silver,
whose feathers are like green gold.
When the Almighty scattered kings,*
it was like snow falling in Zalmon.
O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan!*
O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!
Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain,
at the hill which God chose for his resting place?*
truly, the Lord will dwell there for ever.
The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
even thousands of thousands;*
the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.
You have gone up on high and led captivity captive;
you have received gifts even from your enemies,*
that the Lord God might dwell among them.
Blessed be the Lord day by day,*
the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.
He is our God, the God of our salvation;*
God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.
Your procession is seen, O God,*
your procession into the sanctuary, my God and my King.
The singers go before, musicians follow after,*
in the midst of maidens playing upon the handdrums.
Bless God in the congregation;*
bless the Lord, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head;
the princes of Judah in a company;*
and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.
Send forth your strength, O God;*
establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
Kings shall bring gifts to you,*
for your temple's sake at Jerusalem.
Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds,*
and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves.
Trample down those who lust after silver;*
scatter the peoples that delight in war.
Let tribute be brought out of Egypt;*
let Ethiopia stretch out her hands to God.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;*
sing praises to the Lord.
He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;*
he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
Ascribe power to God;*
his majesty is over Israel;
his strength is in the skies.
How wonderful is God in his holy places!*
the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people!
Blessed be God!
FIRST READING [Genesis 4:126]:
Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, 'I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.' Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. The Lord said to Cain, 'Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.'
Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let us go out to the field.' And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?' He said, 'I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?' And the Lord said, 'What have you done? Listen; your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground! And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.' Cain said to the Lord, 'My punishment is greater than I can bear! Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.' Then the Lord said to him, 'Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.' And the Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him. Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch; and he built a city, and named it Enoch after his son Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael the father of Methushael, and Methushael the father of Lamech. Lamech took two wives; the name of one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. Adah bore Jabal; he was the ancestor of those who live in tents and have livestock. His brother's name was Jubal; he was the ancestor of all those who play the lyre and pipe. Zillah bore Tubal-cain, who made all kinds of bronze and iron tools. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
Lamech said to his wives:
'Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for striking me.
If Cain is avenged sevenfold,
truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold.'
Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, for she said, 'God has appointed for me another child instead of Abel, because Cain killed him.' To Seth also a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to invoke the name of the Lord.
Words: Sarum Breviary Tr Alan Gordon McDougall (1895-1964)
Tune: St Boniface
Thou hope of all the world and Lord,
Bestower of the great reward,
Receive the prayers thy servants raise,
The psalms we sing and songs of praise.
And though our conscience doth proclaim
Our deep transgressions and our shame,
Cleanse us, O God, we humbly plead,
>From sins of thought and word and deed.
Our sins remember thou no more;
Forgive: thy mercy can restore;
So take upon thee, Lord, our care,
That pure in heart we make our prayer.
Therefore accept, O Lord, this tide
Of fast which thou has sanctified,
That we may reach by mystic ways
The sacraments of Paschal days.
May he who is the threefold Lord
On us confer this high reward,
In whom so long as worlds abide
One only God is glorified.
SECOND READING [Mark 2:1828]:
Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, 'Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?' Jesus said to them, 'The wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
'No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.'
One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, 'Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?' And he said to them, 'Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.' Then he said to them, 'The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.'
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Lord, open a path for your Word
To declare the mystery of Christ.
Turn now, O God of hosts;
Behold and tend the vine you have planted.
May your people rejoice and sing,
And your ministers be clothed with salvation.
May they stand and feed your flock
In the strength of your name.
Keep from trouble all those who trust in you
And forget not the poor for ever.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon us,
As we have put our hope in you.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Word of God,
Creator and Redeemer,
so possess our mind and conscience,
our heart and imagination,
with your indwelling Spirit,
that we and all humanity, purged of pride,
may find you to be the lover of our souls. Amen.
Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray as our Savior taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways;
and give us peace. 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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