Morning Prayer 7.16.15, The Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust

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Josh stole the anchor chair this morning, Clint & Linda shared the psalm, Alison & Katrina chanted and Maria inveighed against some guy who was “full of deceit and villainy.” We had fun.

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“Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness?”

There were Righteous Gentiles, and then there were Oskar Gröning and thousands of other SS guards like him at Nazi concentration camps who participated in the systematic murder of six million Jews and others during the Holocaust, whether they personally dropped the poison gas pellets in the showers or not. Yesterday in Germany, Gröning was convicted of complicity in the deaths of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He went on trial in April, acknowledging “moral responsibility” but adding so many qualifications, reasons and excuses that survivors didn’t consider it a satisfactory apology – and neither did the judge. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but as a frail elderly man he may not serve any time, pending appeals. See today’s video below. (Markus Schreiber/Associated Press)

There were Righteous Gentiles, and then there were Oskar Gröning and thousands of other SS guards like him at Nazi concentration camps who participated in the systematic murder of six million Jews and others during the Holocaust, whether they personally dropped the poison gas pellets in the showers or not. Yesterday in Germany, Gröning was convicted of complicity in the deaths of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He went on trial in April, acknowledging “moral responsibility” but adding so many qualifications, reasons and excuses that survivors didn’t consider it a satisfactory apology – and neither did the judge. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but as a frail elderly man he may not serve any time, pending appeals. See today’s video below. (Markus Schreiber/Associated Press)

Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

Psalm 95:1-7
Venite

Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving;
and raise to the Lord a shout with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God;
you are great above all gods.
In your hand are the caverns of the earth;
and the heights of the hills are yours also.
The sea is yours, for you made it,
and your hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For you are our God,
and we are the people of your pasture, and the sheep of your hand.
Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!

Psalm 37:1-18

1  Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2  For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
3  Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4  Take delight in the LORD, *
who shall give you your heart’s desire.
5  Commit your way to the LORD; put your trust in the LORD, *
who will bring it to pass.
6  The LORD will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7  Be still before the LORD; *
wait patiently for the LORD.
8  Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9  Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10  For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11  In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12  But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13  The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14  The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
knowing that their day will come.
15  The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16  Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
17  The little that the righteous has *
is better than the great riches of the wicked.
18  For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

From an unknown children’s book of Bible stories, Jonathan shoots arrows to warn David.

From an unknown children’s book of Bible stories, Jonathan shoots arrows to warn David.

THE LESSONS
1 Samuel 20:24-42 (NRSV)

So David hid himself in the field. When the new moon came, the king sat at the feast to eat. The king sat upon his seat, as at other times, upon the seat by the wall. Jonathan stood, while Abner sat by Saul’s side; but David’s place was empty.

Saul did not say anything that day; for he thought, “Something has befallen him; he is not clean, surely he is not clean.” But on the second day, the day after the new moon, David’s place was empty. And Saul said to his son Jonathan, “Why has the son of Jesse not come to the feast, either yesterday or today?” Jonathan answered Saul, “David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem; he said, ‘Let me go; for our family is holding a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to be there. So now, if I have found favor in your sight, let me get away, and see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table.”

Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan. He said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.” Then Jonathan answered his father Saul, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” But Saul threw his spear at him to strike him; so Jonathan knew that it was the decision of his father to put David to death. Jonathan rose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food on the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, and because his father had disgraced him.

In the morning Jonathan went out into the field to the appointment with David, and with him was a little boy. He said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows that I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called after the boy and said, “Is the arrow not beyond you?” Jonathan called after the boy, “Hurry, be quick, do not linger.” So Jonathan’s boy gathered up the arrows and came to his master. But the boy knew nothing; only Jonathan and David knew the arrangement. Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said to him, “Go and carry them to the city.” As soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He bowed three times, and they kissed each other, and wept with each other; David wept the more. Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, since both of us have sworn in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, forever.'” He got up and left; and Jonathan went into the city.

Canticle: The Song of Moses
Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *
the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him, *
the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea;
the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *
your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *
who is like you, glorious in holiness,
awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand; *
the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *
with your might you brought them in safety to your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them *
on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign *
for ever and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Acts 13:1-12 (NRSV)

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Serguis Paulus, an intelligent man who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. But the magician Elymas (for that is the translation of his name) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now listen—the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind for a while, unable to see the sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he went about groping for someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.

Canticle: Glory to God
Gloria in excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Mark 2:23 – 3:6 (NRSV)

One sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

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.
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.

V.  Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.  Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.  Day by day we bless you;
R.  We praise your Name for ever.
V.  Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R.  Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V.  Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R.  For we put our trust in you.
V.  In you, Lord, is our hope;
R.  And we shall never hope in vain.

Five Righteous Gentiles are cited by name in “Holy Women, Holy Men,” the book of saints of The Episcopal Church, along with 23,000 others honored at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews by giving them Swedish passports, allowing them to escape. He helped others be housed in Swedish property in Budapest, which gave them diplomatic immunity. We’ll feature additional Righteous Gentiles this evening.

Five Righteous Gentiles are cited by name in “Holy Women, Holy Men,” the book of saints of The Episcopal Church, along with 23,000 others honored at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews by giving them Swedish passports, allowing them to escape. He helped others be housed in Swedish property in Budapest, which gave them diplomatic immunity. During the Siege of Budapest in January 1945, he was seized by the Red Army and disappeared; he is presumed to have died in Lubyanka, the notorious KGB prison, in 1947.

Collect of the Day: The Righteous Gentiles

God of the Covenant and Lord of the Exodus, by the hand of Moses you delivered your chosen people from cruel enslavement: We give you thanks for Raoul Wallenberg and all those Righteous Gentiles who with compassion, courage and resourcefulness rescued thousands of your children from certain death. Grant that, in the power of your Spirit, we may protect the innocent of every race and creed in the Name of Jesus Christ, strong Deliverer of us all; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Pittsburgh, USA

Calvary Camp in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. As modern life becomes more and more urbanized, church camps and conference centers are becoming increasingly important as places to get away to the country, reflect, pray, meet others and have fun.

Calvary Camp, on the shores of Lake Erie in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. As modern life becomes more and more urbanized, church camps and conference centers are increasingly important as places to get away to the country, reflect, pray, meet others and have fun. (Camp website, courtesy of the Rev. Michelle Boomgaard)

Thursday Morning Prayer List

In Places of Political Unrest & Violence
Burundi, México, Kenya, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Venezuela, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Egypt, Central African Republic, Turkey, Libya, Yemen, South Sudan, Bahrain, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Mali, Israel, Palestine, USA

For peace in these nations
For military personnel
For civilians in war zones
For emergency workers

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

Prayer for Mission

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

God’s blessing be with us,
Christ’s peace be with us,
the Spirit’s outpouring be with us,
now and always. Amen.++

VIDEO: Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor – BBC4 Radio, April 2015

Note: Participants in our Daily Office prayer retreat will meet Eva Kor next month and receive her personally guided tour of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum she founded in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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