Oremus for Saturday, March 5, 2022

Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Jean-Pierre de Caussade (born 1675) was a French Jesuit who died on this day in 1751. He was appointed spiritual director of a community of nuns and decided to share with them his ideas on the spiritual life. The material was published a century after his death as Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence. The book has become a Christian devotional classic.
De Caussade gives us a rich and imaginative appreciation for the many ways that God speaks to us and others in the present moment. He also has a strong sense of everyday spirituality; in one passage, this eighteenth century spiritual director states that we are the sequel to the New Testament that is being written by the Holy Spirit. He challenges us to read “the book of life,” the record of divine action in the world, because we each have a divine purpose “in the plot of the Holy Scripture which unfolds every day.”
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Antiphon https://tinyurl.com/5b96mpza

Of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face.
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not your face from me. Psalm 27

O Lord our God,
you call us to work for a world
where all will be fed and have dignity,
but we find ourselves distracted by our own desires.
You call us to seek justice and peace,
but we are satisfied with injustice and discord.
You call us to bring liberty to the oppressed,
but we do not insist on freedom for all.
Forgive us, O Lord.
Turn us to your will by the power of your Spirit,
so that all may know your justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Savior. Amen. BCW2018

Music: https://tinyurl.com/ufxekitx

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.
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.

HYMN: Horatius Bonar
Tune: Richmond https://tinyurl.com/3e63zvz6

1 Fill thou my life, O Lord my God,
in every part with praise,
that my whole being may proclaim
thy being and thy ways.

2 Not for the lip of praise alone,
nor e’en the praising heart
I ask, but for a life made up
of praise in every part:

3 Praise in the common things of life,
its goings out and in;
praise in each duty and each deed,
however small and mean.

4 Fill every part of me with praise:
let all my being speak
of thee and of thy love, O Lord,
poor though I be and weak.

5 So shalt thou, Lord, receive from me
the praise and glory due;
and so shall I begin on earth
the song for ever new.

6 So shall each fear, each fret, each care,
be turnèd into song;
and every winding of the way
the echo shall prolong.

7 So shall no part of day or night
unblest or common be,
but all my life, in every step,
be fellowship with thee.

PSALMS

Psalm 24 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/y9wmst8w)
1  The earth is the Lord’s, and all that therein is *
 the compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.
2  For he hath founded it upon the seas *
 and prepared it upon the floods.
3  Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord *
 or who shall rise up in his holy place?
4  Even he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart *
 and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity,
nor sworn to deceive his neighbour.
5  He shall receive the blessing from the Lord *
 and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6  This is the generation of them that seek him *
 even of them that seek thy face, O Jacob.
7  Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors *
 and the King of glory shall come in.
8  Who is the King of glory *
 it is the Lord strong and mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle.
9  Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors *
 and the King of glory shall come in.
10  Who is the King of glory *
 even the Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.
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 24 (Plainsong: http://oremus.org/chant/Psalm-24-MH.mp3)
1 The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
2 It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.
3 Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
4 The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things,
(who have not sworn so as to deceive their neighbor.)
5 He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him .
6 Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.
7 O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!
8 Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, the Lord, the valiant in war.
9 O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!
10 Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, he is the king of glory.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Psalm 25 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/y6uy8tmx)
1  Unto thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul;
my God, I have put my trust in thee *
 O let me not be confounded, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.
2  For all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed *
 but such as transgress without a cause shall be put to confusion.
3  Shew me thy ways, O Lord *
 and teach me thy paths.
4  Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me *
 for thou art the God of my salvation;
in thee hath been my hope all the day long.
5  Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercies *
 and thy loving-kindnesses, which have been ever of old.
6  O remember not the sins and offences of my youth *
 but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness.
7  Gracious and righteous is the Lord *
 therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
8  Them that are meek shall he guide in judgement *
 and such as are gentle, them shall he learn his way.
9  All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth *
 unto such as keep his covenant, and his testimonies.
10  For thy Name’s sake, O Lord *
 be merciful unto my sin, for it is great.
11  What man is he, that feareth the Lord *
 him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
12  His soul shall dwell at ease *
 and his seed shall inherit the land.
13  The secret of the Lord is among them that fear him *
 and he will shew them his covenant.
14  Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord *
 for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15  Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me *
 for I am desolate, and in misery.
16  The sorrows of my heart are enlarged *
 O bring thou me out of my troubles.
17  Look upon my adversity and misery *
 and forgive me all my sin.
18  Consider mine enemies, how many they are *
 and they bear a tyrannous hate against me.
19  O keep my soul, and deliver me *
 let me not be confounded, for I have put my trust in thee.
20  Let perfectness and righteous dealing wait upon me *
 for my hope hath been in thee.
21  Deliver Israel, O God *
 out of all his troubles.
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 25 (LSB Tone I: http://oremus.org/chant/Psalm-25-LSB.mp3)
1 To you, O LORD,*
 I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame;*
 let not my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;*
 they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD;*
 teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my sal- vation;*
 for you I wait all the day long.
6 Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,*
 for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;*
 according to your steadfast love remember me,
 for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!
8 Good and upright is the LORD;*
 therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,*
 and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,*
 for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For your name’s sake, O LORD,*
 pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the LORD?*
 Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,*
 and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him,*
 and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD,*
 for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,*
 for I am lonely and afflicted.
17The troubles of my heart are enlarged;*
 bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,*
 and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider how many are my foes,*
 and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!*
 Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,*
 for I wait for you.
22Redeem Israel, O God,*
 out of all his troubles.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son*
 and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the be ginning,*
 is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Psalm 26 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/y9r5o6yo)
1  Be thou my Judge, O Lord, for I have walked innocently *
 my trust hath been also in the Lord, therefore shall I not fall.
2  Examine me, O Lord, and prove me *
 try out my reins and my heart.
3  For thy loving-kindness is ever before mine eyes *
 and I will walk in thy truth.
4  I have not dwelt with vain persons *
 neither will I have fellowship with the deceitful.
5  I have hated the congregation of the wicked *
 and will not sit among the ungodly.
6  I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord *
 and so will I go to thine altar;
7  That I may shew the voice of thanksgiving *
 and tell of all thy wondrous works.
8  Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house *
 and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
9  O shut not up my soul with the sinners *
 nor my life with the blood-thirsty;
10  In whose hands is wickedness *
 and their right hand is full of gifts,
11  But as for me, I will walk innocently *
 O deliver me, and be merciful unto me.
12  My foot standeth right *
 I will praise the Lord in the congregations.
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 26 (Plainsong: http://oremus.org/chant/Psalm-26-MH.mp3)
1 Give judgment for me, O Lord:
for I walk the path of perfection.
I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.
2 Examine me, Lord, and try me;
O test my heart and my mind,
3 for your love is before my eyes
and I walk according to your truth.
4 I never take my place with liars
and with hypocrites I shall not go.
5 I hate the evil-doer’s company:
I will not take my place with the wicked.
6 To prove my innocence I wash my hands
and take my place around your altar,
7 singing a song of thanksgiving,
proclaiming all your wonders.
8 O Lord, I love the house where you dwell,
the place where your glory abides.
9 Do not sweep me away with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men
10 in whose hands are evil plots,
whose right hands are filled with gold.
11 As for me, I walk the path of perfection.
Redeem me and show me your mercy.
12 My foot stands on level ground:
I will bless the Lord in the assembly.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

PRAYER

God of all creation,
open our hearts
that Christ, the King of glory, may enter and rule our lives.
Give us clean hands and pure hearts,
that we may stand in your presence and receive your blessing
through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCW

THE WORD OF GOD

Reading: Ezekiel 39:21-29

I will display my glory among the nations; and all the nations shall see my judgement that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them. The house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God, from that day forward. And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they dealt treacherously with me. So I hid my face from them and gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword. I dealt with them according to teir uncleanness and their transgressions, and hid my face from them.

Therefore, thus says the Lord God: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for my holy name. They shall forget their shame, and all the treachery they have practised against me, when they live securely in their land with no one to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have displayed my holiness in the sight of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God because I sent them into exile among the nations, and then gathered them into their own land. I will leave none of them behind; and I will never again hide my face from them, when I pour out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God.

HYMN: Carl P Daw
Tune: Narenza https://tinyurl.com/yc4u5867

1 Restore in us, O God,
the splendor of your love;
renew your image in our hearts,
and all our sins remove.

2 O Spirit, wake in us
the wonder of your power;
from fruitless fear unfurl our lives
like springtime bud and flower.

3 Bring us, O Christ, to share
the fullness of your joy;
baptize us in the risen life
that death cannot destroy.

4 Three-personed God, fulfill
the promise of your grace,
that we, when all our searching ends,
may see you face to face.

Reading: Hebrews 12:15-17

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled. See to it that no one becomes like Esau, an immoral and godless person, who sold his birthright for a single meal. You know that later, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, even though he sought the blessing with tears.

HYMN: Charles Wesley
Tune: Savannah https://tinyurl.com/bdhfhst9

1 Jesus comes with all his grace,
comes to save a fallen race,
object of our glorious hope,
Jesus comes to lift us up.

2 Let the living stones cry out,
every child of Abraham shout;
praise we all our lowly King,
give him thanks, rejoice and sing.

3 He has our salvation wrought,
he our captive souls has bought,
he has reconciled to God,
he has washed us in his blood.

4 We are now his lawful right,
walk as children of the light;
we shall soon obtain the grace,
pure in heart, to see his face.

5 We shall gain our calling’s prize;
after God we all shall rise,
filled with joy, and love, and peace,
perfected in holiness.

Reading: Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, ‘Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.’ And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.

CANTICLE Jonah 2:2-9
(Patrick Schlabs: https://tinyurl.com/yy9zwfv6)

You cast me out into the deep
And there your floods surround
I sank beneath the raging sea
As billows crashed around
I was thrown out from your sight
And I was driven away
I know I will see with my eyes
Again your holy place
Refrain:
I called to God in my distress
He has heard my voice
I cried to him out of the depths
He answered my call, he answered my call

The waters closed in over me
They came to bring me death
I was covered up by the deep
Weeds choked out my breath
I sank down to the mountain roots
The earth had locked me in
Just as the grave sealed up its gates
You saved me from the pit Refrain

As my life fainted away
I remembered you my God
All those who hope in idols vain
Forsake their hope of loveI called to God in my distress
He has heard my voice
I cried to him out of the depths
He answered my call

So with my voice I will give thanks
A sacrifice to you
What I have vowed I now will pay
Salvation comes from you
Salvation comes from you
Salvation comes from you

THE PRAYERS CCP

Send forth your strength, O God,
Establish what you have wrought in us.

Uphold all those who fall
And raise up those who are bowed down.

Open the eyes of the blind
And set the prisoners free.

Sustain the orphan and widow
And give food to those who hunger.

Grant them the joy of your help again
And sustain them with your Spirit.

O Lord, judge the peoples
And take all nations for your own.

(Plainsong: https://tinyurl.com/ahnrtv59)ELW

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
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 truth,
whose Wisdom set her table
and invited us to eat the bread
   and drink the wine of the kingdom:
help us to lay aside all foolishness
and to live and walk in the way of insight,
that we may come with Jean-Pierre de Caussade to the eternal feast of heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. EH

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.

BCW2018Book of Common Worship, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., 2018.

ELW The Lord’s Prayer is from Setting Five in Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

CCP Celebrating Common Prayer, © The European Province of the Society of Saint Francis 1992

1 https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/naming-the-days/view/21089/jean-pierre-de-caussade-day

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 reading from John is © 2012 Common English Bible.

The traditional language psalms are from The Book of Common Prayer (1662). Psalms 24 and 26 are from The Grail Psalter and are from the Manual Hopper YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/manualhopper/featured. The modern version of Psalms 25 is from Lutheran Service Book and the Next to the Word of God YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkVRYL-MRebncw584Ql2xfg.

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.

Compilation © 2022 Stephen T. Benner. All links worked at the time they were created, but I cannot accept responsibility for their content or any damage resulting from their use. The linked content is under the control of the respective content creators and is subject to change at any time. Any copyright texts included in this compilation are provided for non-commercial purposes related to study or worship. Please contact the respective copyright holders for permission to use the texts in other contexts.

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