Oremus for Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Dorothy Day at a Strike; Stanford/Bob Fitch Photography Archive

Dorothy Day
Dorothy Day was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 8, 1897, the third child of Grace and John Day.  Her nominally religious family moved to the San Franciso Bay area and then to Chicago where she was baptized in the Episcopal Church.  She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana and became interested in radical social causes as a way to help workers and the poor.  In 1916, she left the university and moved to New York City where she worked as a journalist on socialist newspapers, participated in protest movements, and developed friendships with many famous artists and writers.  During this time, she also experienced failed love affairs, a marriage, a suicide attempt, and an abortion.

Dorothy had grown to admire the Catholic Church as the “Church of the poor” and her faith began to take form with the birth of her daughter Tamar in 1926.  Her decision to have her daughter baptized and embrace the Catholic faith led to the end of her common law marriage and the loss of many of her radical friends.  Dorothy struggled to find her role as a Catholic.  While covering the 1932 Hunger March in Washington, D.C. for some Catholic magazines, she prayed at the national Shrine of the Immaculate Conception that some way would open up for her to serve the poor and the unemployed.  The following day, back in New York, she met Peter Maurin, a French immigrant and former Christian Brother, who had a vision for a society constructed of Gospel values.  Together they founded the Catholic Worker newspaper which spawned a movement of houses of hospitality and farming communes that has been replicated throughout the United States and other countries.

At the Catholic Worker, Dorothy Day lived a life faithful to the injunctions of the Gospel.  Often the newspaper quoted G.K. Chesterton’s famous observation that Christianity hadn’t really failed — it had never really been tried.  Day’s life was spent trying.  She was shot at while working for integration, prayed and fasted for peace at the Second Vatican Council, received communion from Pope Paul VI at the 1967 International Congress of the Laity, and addressed the 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia.  Her pilgrimage ended at Maryhouse in New York City on November 29, 1980, where she died among the poor. 2

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: John L Bell and Graham Maule ©
Tune: Kelvingrove https://tinyurl.com/y34wjyv4

1 Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown
in you and you in me?

2 Will you leave yourself behind
if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind
and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer
in you and you in me?

3 Will you let the blinded see
if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free
and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean,
and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean
in you and you in me?

4 Will you love the “you” you hide
if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside
and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound
in you and you in me?

5 Christ, your summons echoes true
when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
in you and you in me.

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 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 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 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 (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 (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: Jeremiah 7:1-11

Jeremiah received the Lord’s word: Stand near the gate of the Lord’s temple and proclaim there this message: Listen to the Lord’s word, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord. This is what the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, says: Improve your conduct and your actions, and I will dwell with you in this place. Don’t trust in lies: “This is the Lord’s temple! The Lord’s temple! The Lord’s temple!” No, if you truly reform your ways and your actions; if you treat each other justly; if you stop taking advantage of the immigrant, orphan, or widow; if you don’t shed the blood of the innocent in this place, or go after other gods to your own ruin, only then will I dwell with you in this place, in the land that I gave long ago to your ancestors for all time.

And yet you trust in lies that will only hurt you. Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, sacrifice to Baal and go after other gods that you don’t know, and then come and stand before me in this temple that bears my name, and say, “We are safe,” only to keep on doing all these detestable things? Do you regard this temple, which bears my name, as a hiding place for criminals? I can see what’s going on here, declares the Lord.

HYMN: Shirley Erena Murray ©
Tune: Albano https://tinyurl.com/3w22eue6

1 Forgive, forgive us, holy God!
Your children call on you to hear!
Our blood is on each other’s hands,
we die from hunger, lies and fear.

2 Forgive us that our souls are numb
to scenes of terror, screams of pain;
that while we pray “Your kingdom come”
our world is still a battle plain.

3 Forgive the minds no longer shocked
by homeless poor, by lives abused,
forgive us that the earth is stacked
with weapons waiting to be used.

4 Forgive us that our household gods
are self and safety, private need,
forgive us all our fitful prayers,
the token gift, the token deed.

5 Give us this day the bread of peace,
the hands to share a common good,
the hearts to ache for justice’s sake,
the will to stand where Jesus stood.

Reading: 2 Peter 1:12-21

So I’ll keep reminding you about these things, although you already know them and stand secure in the truth you have. I think it’s right that I keep stirring up your memory, as long as I’m alive. After all, our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I am about to depart from this life. I’m eager for you always to remember these things after my death.

We didn’t repeat crafty myths when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Quite the contrary, we witnessed his majesty with our own eyes. He received honor and glory from God the Father when a voice came to him from the magnificent glory, saying, “This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. In addition, we have a most reliable prophetic word, and you would do well to pay attention to it, just as you would to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Most important, you must know that no prophecy of scripture represents the prophet’s own understanding of things, because no prophecy ever came by human will. Instead, men and women led by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

HYMN: Charles Wesley
Tune: Ratisbon https://tinyurl.com/43p7a8sn

1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

2 Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day’s return,
till thy mercy’s beams I see,
till they inward light impart,
glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

3 Visit then this soul of mine,
pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, radiancy divine,
scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display,
shining to the perfect day.

Reading: Matthew 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words. They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are genuine and that you teach God’s way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people’s opinions, because you don’t show favoritism. So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used to pay the tax.” And they brought him a denarion. “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked. “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” When they heard this they were astonished, and they departed.

CANTICLE Isaiah 9; Isaiah 40:1-9; 1 John 1
(Dan Schutte: https://tinyurl.com/ybrvb259)

Awake from your slumber! Arise from your sleep!
A new day is dawning for all those who weep
The people in darkness have seen a great light
The Lord of our longing has conquered the night
Refrain:
Let us build the city of God
May our tears be turned into dancing!
For the Lord, our light and our love
Has turned the night into day!

We are sons of the morning; we are daughters of day
The One who has loved us has brightened our way. Refrain

God is light; in him there is no darkness
Let us walk in his light, his children, one and all. Refrain

O comfort my people; make gentle your words
Proclaim to my city the day of her birth. Refrain

PRAYER Sacredise

Where there seems to be no way
to end the conflict and violence in our time,
we pray that you would teach us, O Christ,
to prepare the way;
Come, Lord Jesus!

Where we can see no way
to provide for the needs of all people,
we pray that you would show us, O Christ,
how to prepare the way;
Come, Lord Jesus!

Where can find no way
to work together for justice,
we pray that you would change us, O Christ,
until we prepare the way;
Come, Lord Jesus!

Where we are unable to believe in a way
to live simply, responsibly and mindfully,
we pray that you would inspire us, O Christ,
to faith that prepares the way;
Come, Lord Jesus!

In a world where we are tempted
to see so many of our challenges as dead-ends,
we pray for a new vision, a new heart and a new commitment
to prepare the way for your reign,
your grace, your shalom
and for the liberation, justice and peace that you bring. Amen.

(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.

O Lord, whose grace raises up servants among your people: give us grace to follow the example of Dorothy Day, who fed and sheltered the urban poor; who planted hope among rural people; and who steadfastly advanced the cause of justice and peace over greed and war; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who dwells with you and the Holy Spirit in your eternal kingdom that would come among us. Amen. 3

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 © 2010 The Church Pension Fund.

Sacredise https://sacredise.com/preparing-the-way/

DL © Daniel Lawson; used with permission.

2 http://dorothydayguild.org/about-her-life/brief-biography/

3 GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2018, RESOLUTION NO.: 2018-C027, adapted 

The three main scripture readings are © 2011 Common English Bible.

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.

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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