Oremus for Friday, July 30, 2021

William WilberforceWilliam Wilberforce was born in 1759 in Hull. Converted to an Evangelical piety within the Church of England, Wilberforce decided to serve the faith in Parliament instead of being ordained, becoming a Member of Parliament at the age of twenty-one. He was a supporter of missionary initiatives and helped found The Bible Society. SettlingContinue reading “Oremus for Friday, July 30, 2021”

Oremus for Thursday, July 29, 2021

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany The gospels describe how Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus gave Jesus hospitality in their home at Bethany outside Jerusalem. Jesus is said to have loved all three. After Lazarus’ death, he wept and was moved by the sisters’ grief to bring Lazarus back from the dead. Martha recognisedContinue reading “Oremus for Thursday, July 29, 2021”

Oremus for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, in 1685 into a family of musicians. As a youngster he studied violin and organ and served as a choirboy at the parish church. By early adulthood, Bach had already achieved an enviable reputation as a composer and performer. His assignments as a church musicianContinue reading “Oremus for Wednesday, July 28, 2021”

Oremus for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Antiphon https://tinyurl.com/2yy584sc Within your will, O Lord, all things are established,and there is none that can resist your will.For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth,and all that is held within the circle of heaven;you are the Lord of all. Esther 4 Almighty God,to whom all hearts are open,all desires, known,and from whomContinue reading “Oremus for Tuesday, July 27, 2021”

Oremus for Monday, July 26, 2021

Walter RauschenbuschBorn the son of a German preacher in upstate New York, Walter Rauschenbusch’s childhood was steeped in traditional Protestant doctrine and biblical literalism. While attending Rochester Theological Seminary, he came to believe that Jesus died “to substitute love for selfishness as the basis of human society.” For Rauschenbusch, the Kingdom of God was “notContinue reading “Oremus for Monday, July 26, 2021”

Oremus for Sunday, July 25, 2021

JamesJames, often called ‘the Great’, was a Galilean fisherman who, with his brother John, was one of the first apostles called by Jesus to follow him. The two brothers were with Jesus at his Transfiguration and with him again in the garden of Gethsemane. They annoyed the other followers of Jesus by asking to sit one onContinue reading “Oremus for Sunday, July 25, 2021”

Oremus for Saturday, July 24, 2021

Thomas à KempisThe name of Thomas à Kempis is perhaps more widely known than that of any other medieval Christian writer. The Imitation of Christ, which he composed or compiled, has been translated into more languages than any other book except the Holy Scriptures. Millions of Christians have found in this manual a treasured andContinue reading “Oremus for Saturday, July 24, 2021”

Oremus for Friday, July 23, 2021

Anne HutchinsonAnne Hutchinson had immigrated to Massachusetts in hope of finding religious freedom. She was an outspoken advocate of the rights and equality of women, challenging the dominant views of the Puritan leadership. She held Bible studies in her home for the women of her community, at which she welcomed critical examination of the faith.Continue reading “Oremus for Friday, July 23, 2021”

Oremus for Thursday, July 22, 2021

Mary MagdaleneAll four gospels give Mary Magdalene a unique place among Jesus’ followers. Probably from Magdala by the Sea of Galilee, she is described as having been healed by Jesus before accompanying him during his ministry. Along with other faithful women, she stayed beside the cross during the crucifixion and was the first disciple toContinue reading “Oremus for Thursday, July 22, 2021”

Oremus for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Antiphon https://tinyurl.com/tf6eyvt4 We will ring out our joy at your saving helpand exult in the name of our God. Psalm 20 Almighty God,to whom all hearts are open,all desires, known,and from whom no secrets are hid:Cleanse the thoughts of our heartsby the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,that we may perfectly love youand worthily magnify yourContinue reading “Oremus for Wednesday, July 21, 2021”