Oremus for Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A Vision of Angels (detail), Edward Burne-Jones, St. Paul’s within the Walls, Rome 

Michael and All Angels
The scriptural word “angel” (Greek: angelos) means, literally, a messenger. Messengers from God can be visible or invisible, and may assume human or non-human forms. Christians have always felt themselves to be attended by healthful spirits—swift, powerful, and enlightening. Those beneficent spirits are often depicted in Christian art in human form, with wings to signify their swiftness and spacelessness, with swords to signify their power, and with dazzling raiment to signify their ability to enlighten. Unfortunately, this type of pictorial representation has led many to dismiss the angels as “just another mythical beast, like the unicorn, the griffin, or the sphinx.” Of the many angels spoken of in the Bible, only four are called by name: Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. HWHM

Antiphon1

Ant. If I walk in the midst of tribulation *
you shall preserve my life, O Lord;
you shall stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
your right hand has delivered me.
V. I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; *
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I praise you. *
I bow down toward your holy temple. Psalm 138

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

Music: https://tinyurl.com/ycn4djk5

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth will declare your praise.
Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be 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.
Praise to you, O Christ, Alleluia!

HYMN: Gerard Moultrie
Tune: Picardy https://tinyurl.com/ybppq66t

1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence, 
and with fear and trembling stand; 
ponder nothing earthly-minded, 
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth, 
our full homage to demand. 

2 King of kings, yet born of Mary, 
as of old on earth he stood, 
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood, 
he will give to all the faithful 
his own self for heav’nly food. 

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven 
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day, 
that the pow’rs of hell may vanish 
as the darkness clears away. 

4 At his feet the six-winged seraph, 
cherubim, with sleepless eye, 
veil their faces to the presence, 
as with ceaseless voice they cry, 
“Alleluia, alleluia, 
alleluia, Lord Most High!” 

PSALMS

Psalm 139 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/qk5mvmw)
1  O Lord, thou hast searched me out, and known me *
 thou knowest my down-sitting, and mine up-rising;
thou understandest my thoughts long before.
2  Thou art about my path, and about my bed *
 and spiest out all my ways.
3  For lo, there is not a word in my tongue *
 but thou, O Lord, knowest it altogether.
4  Thou hast fashioned me behind and before *
 and laid thine hand upon me.
5  Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me *
 I cannot attain unto it.
6  Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit *
 or whither shall I go then from thy presence?
7  If I climb up into heaven, thou art there *
 if I go down to hell, thou art there also.
8  If I take the wings of the morning *
 and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;
9  Even there also shall thy hand lead me *
 and thy right hand shall hold me.
10  If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me *
 then shall my night be turned to day.
11  Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee,
but the night is as clear as the day *
 the darkness and light to thee are both alike.
12  For my reins are thine *
 thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
13  I will give thanks unto thee,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made *
 marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.
14  My bones are not hid from thee *
 though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.
15  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect *
 and in thy book were all my members written;
16  Which day by day were fashioned *
 when as yet there was none of them.
17  How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God *
 O how great is the sum of them!
18  If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand *
 when I wake up I am present with thee.
19  Wilt thou not slay the wicked, O God *
 depart from me, ye blood-thirsty men.
20  For they speak unrighteously against thee *
 and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.
21  Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee *
 and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22  Yea, I hate them right sore *
 even as though they were mine enemies.
23  Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart *
 prove me, and examine my thoughts.
24  Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me *
 and lead me in the way everlasting.
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 139 (LSB Tone F: http://oremus.org/chant/Psalm-139-LSB.mp3)
1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me!*
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down*
 and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,*
 behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,*
 and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;*
 it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?*
 Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!*
 If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning*
 and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,*
 and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,*
 and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;*
 the night is bright as the day,
 for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;*
 you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.*
 Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,*
 when I was being made in secret,
 intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,*
 the days that were formed for me,
 when as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!*
 How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them,
they are more than the sand.*
 I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!*
 O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;*
 your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?*
 And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;*
 I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!*
 Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,*
 and lead me in the way everlasting!
Glory be 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.

Psalm 140 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/syzjs5r)
1  Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man *
 and preserve me from the wicked man.
2  Who imagine mischief in their hearts *
 and stir up strife all the day long.
3  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent *
 adder’s poison is under their lips.
4  Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the ungodly *
 preserve me from the wicked men,
who are purposed to overthrow my goings.
5  The proud have laid a snare for me,
and spread a net abroad with cords *
 yea, and set traps in my way.
6  I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God *
 hear the voice of my prayers, O Lord.
7  O Lord God, thou strength of my health *
 thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
8  Let not the ungodly have his desire, O Lord *
 let not his mischievous imagination prosper, lest they be too proud.
9  Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them *
 that compass me about.
10  Let hot burning coals fall upon them *
 let them be cast into the fire, and into the pit,
that they never rise up again.
11  A man full of words shall not prosper upon the earth *
 evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him.
12  Sure I am that the Lord will avenge the poor *
 and maintain the cause of the helpless.
13  The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name *
 and the just shall continue in thy sight.
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 140 (Kohlhase: http://oremus.org/chant/Psalm-140-KH.mp3)
Save me, LORD, from evil men;
and preserve me from men of violence
Who plot mischief within their hearts,
and are always stirring up wars.
They sharpen their tongues like a serpent;
snake’s poison is under their lips.
Selah. Selah.

Keep me, LORD, from hurtful hands;
and preserve me from men of violence
who have planned to trip up my feet,
with the traps and snares of the proud;
They spread out their net by the wayside;
and set their snares for me.
Selah. Selah.

I said, “LORD, you are my God;
hear the sound, O LORD, of my prayers.
“O Lord GOD, my saving strength,
you will cover my head in the battle.
LORD, block the desires of the wicked;
advance not his scheme or exalt him.”
Selah. Selah.

“For the heads of those who surround me,
they are covered only by lies.
Burning coals that fall in the fire,
into depths from which they’ll not rise.
“May liars not rule on the earth;
may evil chase down the violent.”
Selah. Selah.

For I know, yes, I know the LORD will bring forth,
the cause of the oppressed and justice for the poor.
Surely those who are just,
will offer thanks to your name;
and as for the upright,
in your presence they will dwell.
In your presence they will dwell

Psalm 141 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/wrx2qat)
1  Lord, I call upon thee, haste thee unto me *
 and consider my voice when I cry unto thee.
2  Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense *
 and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
3  Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth *
 and keep the door of my lips.
4  O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing *
 let me not be occupied in ungodly works
with the men that work wickedness,
lest I eat of such things as please them.
5  Let the righteous rather smite me friendly *
 and reprove me.
6  But let not their precious balms break my head *
 yea, I will pray yet against their wickedness.
7  Let their judges be overthrown in stony places *
 that they may hear my words, for they are sweet.
8  Our bones lie scattered before the pit *
 like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.
9  But mine eyes look unto thee, O Lord God *
 in thee is my trust, O cast not out my soul.
10  Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me *
 and from the traps of the wicked doers.
11  Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together *
 and let me ever escape them.
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 141 (Plainsong: http://oremus.org/chant/Psalm-141.mp3)
1 O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
hear my voice when I cry to you.
2 Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD,
and guard the door of my lips; *
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
4 Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.
5 Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;
let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
6 Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
that they may know my words are true.
7 As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, *
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
8 But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
in you I take refuge;
do not strip me of my life.
9 Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
while I myself escape.

PRAYER

Almighty God, creator of the universe,
we are awed by your wondrous works
and overwhelmed by your infinite wisdom.
For all your majesty we praise you;
yet even more
we rejoice that you do not forget us,
that you want to know us,
that you come to care for us,
sisters and brothers of Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen. BCW

THE WORD OF GOD

Reading: Genesis 28.10–17

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’

HYMN: Psalm 148; para. unknown
Tune: Hyfrydol https://tinyurl.com/y348cxnm

1 Praise the LORD! O heavens, adore him;
praise him, angels in the height.
Sun and moon, rejoice before him;
praise him, shining stars of light.
Praise the LORD, for he has spoken;
worlds his mighty voice obeyed.
Laws which never shall be broken
for their guidance he has made.

2 In the earth let all things praise him:
seas and all that they contain,
stormy winds that do his pleasure,
hail and lightning, snow and rain.
Hills and mountains, praise your Maker;
praise him, all you flocks and herds.
Fields and orchards, sing his glory;
praise him, creeping things and birds.

3 All you nations, come before him:
earthly rulers and all kings,
men and women, parents, children,
join with all created things.
Praise the God of our salvation,
who restores from sin and shame.
Heaven and earth and all creation,
praise and magnify his name!

Reading: Hebrews 1.5–14

For to which of the angels did God ever say,
‘You are my Son;
   today I have begotten you’?
Or again,
‘I will be his Father,
   and he will be my Son’?
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’
Of the angels he says,
‘He makes his angels winds,
   and his servants flames of fire.’
But of the Son he says,
‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever,
   and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
   with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.’
And,
‘In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
   and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain;
   they will all wear out like clothing;
like a cloak you will roll them up,
   and like clothing they will be changed.
But you are the same,
   and your years will never end.’
But to which of the angels has he ever said,
‘Sit at my right hand
   until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’?
Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

HYMN: Rabanus Maurus, trans. C.S. Phillips
Tune: Coelites plaudant https://tinyurl.com/y4gowmbr

1 Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels,
ruler of all, and author of creation,
grant us in mercy grace to win by patience
joys everlasting.

2 Send thine archangel Michael from thy presence:
peacemaker blessèd, may he hover o’er us,
hallow our dwellings, that for us thy children
all things may prosper.

3 Send thine archangel, Gabriel the mighty:
on strong wings flying, may he come from heaven,
drive from thy temple Satan the old foeman,
succour our weakness.

4 Send thine archangel, Raphael the healer:
through him with wholesome med’cines of salvation
heal our backsliding, and in paths of goodness
guide our steps daily.

5 Father almighty, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Godhead eternal, grant us our petition;
thine be the glory through the whole creation
now and for ever. Amen.

Reading: John 1.47–51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

CANTICLE: Te Deum
(Chant by Joe Cox: https://tinyurl.com/ybzyundx)

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud,
the Heavens and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:
    Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
    Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world
                              doth acknowledge thee,
    the Father, of an infinite majesty,
    thine adorable, true, and only Son,
    also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.
    We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
    whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
    Make them to be numbered with thy saints,
    in glory everlasting.

THE PRAYERS CW:F

In the power of the Spirit,
and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Father in heaven,
by his blood your Christ has ransomed us to you,
and has made us a kingdom and priests to you our God.
As the angels minister to you in heaven,
strengthen your Church to serve you here on earth.
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

Father in heaven,
when the angels greeted the birth of your Son
they sang for joy ‘Glory to God and peace on earth’.
Bless with Christ’s peace the nations of the world.
Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.
Father in heaven,
your Son has promised to your children
the care of the guardian angels who look upon your face.
Protect by your mercy our neighbours, families and friends.
Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.
Father in heaven,
you give your angels charge over those who trust in you
to guard them in all their ways.
Be with those in trouble…,
rescue them and show them your salvation.
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

Father in heaven,
your angel declares ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.’
‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit,
‘for they may rest from their labours,
for they take with them the record of their deeds.’
Enfold in your love [… and] all who come in faith
to your judgement seat in heaven.
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

(Plainsong Mode 2: https://tinyurl.com/yctqq8cf)DL

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today the bread of life;
and forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

God of the open gateway
and the wide horizon,
in whose grace
heaven is moved to touch the earth:
give us the courage to name
the powers that make war
into the law of life
and to receive the ones
who carry the message of peace
and loose our shackled dreams;
through Jesus Christ, who defeated death for ever. Amen. PIC

Music: https://tinyurl.com/y9efvwm5
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen. 2 Cor. 13:14


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BCW Book of Common Worship, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., 1993.

HWHM Holy Women, Holy Men © Church Publishing, Inc.

BCP79 The Book of Common Prayer

CW:F Common Worship: Festivals, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2008 and published by Church House Publishing.

DL © Daniel Lawson; used with permission.

1 Adam Bartlett, Simple English Propers; audio from https://musicasacra.com/additional-publications/sep-practice-videos/ ©

The three main scripture readings are from the The New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Edition, The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The traditional-language psalms are from The Book of Common Prayer (1662). The modern version of Psalms 141 is from The Book of Common Prayer (1979) and is chanted by Ryland Angel. Psalms 139 is from Lutheran Service Book and the Next to the Word of God YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkVRYL-MRebncw584Ql2xfg. Psalm 140 is in the version sung by Karl Kohlhase http://www.k4communications.com/karl/index.html.

Musical links are usually either to artists’ albums posted on Spotify or to recordings made available at smallchurchmusic.com. Audio stripped from YouTube videos is footnoted accordingly above.

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