Oremus for Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Industry in New Hampshire, Arthur Esner, 1938
Library (Hamilton Smith Hall), University of New Hampshire

Rogation Days
Traditionally, these are the three days before Ascension Day on which the litany is sung (or recited) in procession as an act of intercession. They originated in Vienne, France, in the fifth century when Bishop Mamertus introduced days of fasting and prayer to ward off a threatened disaster. In England they were associated with the blessing of the fields at planting. The vicar “beat the bounds” of the parish, processing around the fields reciting psalms and the litany. In the United States they have been associated with rural life and with agriculture and fishing.

Antiphon (Music: https://tinyurl.com/yazc26ev)

Let them thank the Lord for his mercy,
his wonders for humankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty soul,
and the hungry he fills with good things. Psalm 107:8-9

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden:
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may worthily
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy Name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Alleluia!

HYMN: Jane Laurie Borthwick
Tune: Ora labora https://tinyurl.com/y8px2vyt

1 Come, labor on.
Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain,
while all around us waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say,
“Go work today.”

2 Come, labor on.
The enemy is watching night and day,
to sow the tares, to snatch the seed away;
while we in sleep our duty have forgot,
he slumbered not.

3 Come, labor on.
Away with gloomy doubts and faithless fear!
No arm so weak but may do service here:
by feeblest agents may our God fulfill
his righteous will.

4 Come, labor on.
Claim the high calling angels cannot share–
to young and old the Gospel gladness bear;
redeem the time; its hours too swiftly fly.
The night draws nigh.

5 Come, labor on.
No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie,
and a glad sound comes with the setting sun.
“Servants, well done.”

PSALMS

Psalm 95 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/yx5ywz8t)

1  O come, let us sing unto the Lord *
 let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
2  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
 and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
3  For the Lord is a great God *
 and a great King above all gods.
4  In his hand are all the corners of the earth *
 and the strength of the hills is his also.
5  The sea is his, and he made it *
 and his hands prepared the dry land.
6  O come, let us worship and fall down *
 and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7  For he is the Lord our God *
 and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
8  To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts *
 as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
9  When your fathers tempted me *
 proved me, and saw my works.
10  Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said *
 It is a people that do err in their hearts,
for they have not known my ways;
11  Unto whom I sware in my wrath *
 that they should not enter into my rest.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Psalm 96 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/u9ylore)

1  O sing unto the Lord a new song *
 sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.
2  Sing unto the Lord, and praise his Name *
 be telling of his salvation from day to day.
3  Declare his honour unto the heathen *
 and his wonders unto all people.
4  For the Lord is great, and cannot worthily be praised *
 he is more to be feared than all gods.
5  As for all the gods of the heathen, they are but idols *
 but it is the Lord that made the heavens.
6  Glory and worship are before him *
 power and honour are in his sanctuary.
7  Ascribe unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people *
 ascribe unto the Lord worship and power.
8  Ascribe unto the Lord the honour due unto his Name *
 bring presents, and come into his courts.
9  O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness *
 let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
10  Tell it out among the heathen that the Lord is King *
 and that it is he who hath made the round world
so fast that it cannot be moved;
and how that he shall judge the people righteously.
11  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad *
 let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is.
12  Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it *
 then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord.
13  For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth *
 and with righteousness to judge the world,
and the people with his truth.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Psalm 97 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/qm79zby)

1  The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof *
 yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.
2  Clouds and darkness are round about him *
 righteousness and judgement are the habitation of his seat.
3  There shall go a fire before him *
 and burn up his enemies on every side.
4  His lightnings gave shine unto the world *
 the earth saw it, and was afraid.
5  The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord *
 at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6  The heavens have declared his righteousness *
 and all the people have seen his glory.
7  Confounded be all they that worship carved images,
and that delight in vain gods *
 worship him, all ye gods.
8  Sion heard of it, and rejoiced *
 and the daughters of Judah were glad, because of thy judgements, O Lord.
9  For thou, Lord, art higher than all that are in the earth *
 thou art exalted far above all gods.
10  O ye that love the Lord, see that ye hate the thing which is evil *
 the Lord preserveth the souls of his saints;
he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
11  There is sprung up a light for the righteous *
 and joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted.
12  Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous *
 and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

PRAYER

O God,
you clothe the sky with light, and ocean depths with darkness.
You work your mighty wonders among us.
Claim us for your purposes,
that we may be among those who see your glory and give you praise,
for you live and reign, now and forever. Amen. Book of Common Worship

THE WORD OF GOD

Reading: Isaiah 60:13-22

The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
   the cypress, the plane, and the pine,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary;
   and I will glorify where my feet rest.
The descendants of those who oppressed you
   shall come bending low to you,
and all who despised you
   shall bow down at your feet;
they shall call you the City of the Lord,
   the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
   with no one passing through,
I will make you majestic for ever,
   a joy from age to age.
You shall suck the milk of nations,
   you shall suck the breasts of kings;
and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Saviour
   and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
   instead of iron I will bring silver;
instead of wood, bronze,
   instead of stones, iron.
I will appoint Peace as your overseer
   and Righteousness as your taskmaster.
Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
   devastation or destruction within your borders;
you shall call your walls Salvation,
   and your gates Praise.

The sun shall no longer be
   your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
   give light to you by night;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
   and your God will be your glory.
Your sun shall no more go down,
   or your moon withdraw itself;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
   and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Your people shall all be righteous;
   they shall possess the land for ever.
They are the shoot that I planted, the work of my hands,
   so that I might be glorified.
The least of them shall become a clan,
   and the smallest one a mighty nation;
I am the Lord;
   in its time I will accomplish it quickly.

HYMN: Bernard of Cluny; trans. John Mason Neale
Tune: Devonshire https://tinyurl.com/ya52eqng

1 Brief life is here our portion,
Brief sorrow, short-lived care;
The life that knows no ending,
The tearless life is there.

2 O happy retribution,
Short toil, eternal rest;
For mortals and for sinners
A mansion with the blest.

3 There grief is turned to pleasure,
Such pleasure as below
No human voice can utter,
No human heart can know.

4 For he whom now we trust in
Shall then be seen and known,
And they that know and see him,
Shall have him for their own.

5 The morning shall awaken,
The shadows shall decay,
And each true-hearted servant
Shall shine as doth the day.

6 Then all the halls of Sion
For ay shall be complete,
And in the Land of Beauty,
All things of beauty meet.

Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-6

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For
there is one God;
   there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
   who gave himself a ransom for all
—this was attested at the right time.

HYMN: Thomas O. Chisholm
Tune: Lowden https://tinyurl.com/y9o3veuh

1 Living for Jesus a life that is true, 
striving to please him in all that I do, 
yielding allegiance glad hearted and free 
this is the pathway of blessing for me. 

Refrain: 
O Jesus, Lord and Savior, 
I give myself to you, 
for you in your atonement 
did give yourself for me. 
I own no other master 
my heart shall be your throne: 
my life I give, henceforth to live, 
O Christ, for you alone. 

2 Living for Jesus, who died in my place, 
bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace: 
such love constrains me to answer his call, 
follow his leading, and give him my all. [Refrain] 

3 Living for Jesus wherever I am, 
doing each duty in his holy name, 
seeking the lost ones he died to redeem, 
bringing the weary to find rest in him. [Refrain] 

Reading: Matthew 9:27-38

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, ‘See that no one knows of this.’ But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, ‘Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.’ But the Pharisees said, ‘By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.’

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

CANTICLE Benedicite
(A Setting by Purcell: https://tinyurl.com/yct8sccr)
See below for a metrical setting

O ALL ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Heavens, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Waters that be above the Firmament, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Sun and Moon, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Stars of Heaven, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Showers and Dew, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Winds of God, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Winter and Summer, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Dews and Frosts, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Ice and Snow, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Nights and Days, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Lightnings and Clouds, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O let the Earth bless the Lord :
yea, let it praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Green Things upon the Earth, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Wells, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Seas and Floods, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Whales, and all that move in the Waters, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Fowls of the Air, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Beasts and Cattle, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Children of Men, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O let Israel bless the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord :
praise him, and magnify him for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

CANTICLE Benedicite, Timothy Dudley-Smith ©
Tune: University College https://tinyurl.com/y7axa2le

1 Bless the Lord, creation sings;
earth and sky his hand proclaim.
Praise him, all created things;
angel hosts, exalt his Name.

2 Bless the Lord! To heaven’s throne
songs of endless glory rise;
in the clouds his praise be shown,
sun and moon and starry skies.

3 Bless the Lord with ice and snow,
bitter cold and scorching blaze,
floods and all the winds that blow,
frosty nights and sunlit days.

4 Bless the Lord in mist and cloud,
lightnings shine to mark his way;
thunders speak his name aloud,
wind and storm his word obey.

5 Bless the Lord who brings to birth
life renewed by sun and rain;
flowing rivers, fruitful earth,
bird and beast on hill and plain.

6 Bless the Lord! From earth and sky,
ocean depths and furthest shore,
all things living bear on high
songs of praise for evermore.

7 Bless the Lord! His name be blessed,
worshipped, honoured, loved, adored;
and with holy hearts confessed,
saints and servants of the Lord.

8 Bless the Lord! The Father, Son,
and the Holy Spirit, praise;
high exalt the Three-in-One,
God of everlasting days!

THE PRAYERS Book of Common Worship 2018

Living in the light of Christ,
let us pray for the church, those in need,
and all God’s creation, saying,
Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

God of new life,
you renew us daily through your baptismal promises.
Guide us in all we do,
that your power may shine in our words and deeds.
Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

We pray for earth,
for the health of all bodies of water,
for [name a local body of water, source of local water, or watershed],
and for all rivers and streams,
that in the clear, clean waters you have created
for us to drink and use,
we may see your love for all your creatures.
Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

For all who live directly by the bounty of earth:
for those who sow seeds, raise livestock, and catch fish;
for people who work in processing plants and factories
or manufacture farm implements;
for people who pack and haul and sell
their vegetables, fruits, and meats.
Bless them in their labor
for the sake of all who depend on them for food.
Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

For all governments:
for that of our nation, our state,
for city councils, for county commissioners, for mayors,
and for all who vote.
Give wisdom to our people,
that we will choose leaders who will serve the needs of everyone.
Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

For children throughout the world:
for good schools and compassionate teachers,
for healthy homes,
for clothing, food, and shelter enough
that they can thrive and grow;
for friends and neighbors, aunts and uncles,
grandparents and parents
who watch well over little ones,
that their joy in this world be complete.
Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

For all people who are in distress:
those who are hurting, those who worry,
those who are sick, those in need of a friend;
for all on the prayer list of this congregation;
for all whose names are known only to you.
Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

We remember with gratitude for their witness
the saints who have gone before us.
Help us to honor their faith with our lives.
Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

Into your hands, gracious God,
we commend all for whom we pray,
trusting in your mercy;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

(Camaldolese chant: https://tinyurl.com/rpf242j)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

[For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.]

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life
shared our toil and hallowed our labor:
Be present with your people where they work;
make those who carry on the industries
and commerce of this land responsive to your will;
and give to us all a pride in what we do,
and a just return for our labor;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen. Book of Common Prayer

https://tinyurl.com/rkxkpmc
Go in peace, alleluia, alleluia!
Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia!

May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the source of all goodness and growth,
pour his blessing upon all things created,
and upon us his children,
that we may use his gifts
to his glory and the welfare of all. Amen. Common Worship

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