Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer, Starter Pack
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This Starter Pack contains everything a leader needs to begin the Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer Study, including:
. *3 DVD Set (Eight, 30 min. sessions)
. *Student Workbook
. *Leader's Guide
Each participant and facilitator of the Study should have their own Study Kit.
Oremus (Latin: "Let us pray") is the invitation to pray, said before short prayers in the Roman Catholic Mass, as well as other Western liturgies, Byzantine, Maronite etc.
It is used as a single exclamation in the East (in the rites of the Assyrian and Jacobite Orthodox Churches), or the imperative: "Pray" or "Stand for prayer" (in the Coptic Church); most commonly, however with a further determination, "Let us pray to the Lord" (τοῦ Κυρίου δεηθῶμεν, used throughout the Byzantine Rite, where the laity replies with Kyrie Eleison before the priest recites the prayer), and so on. Louis Duchesne thought that the Gallican Collects were also introduced by the word "Oremus" ("Origines du Culte", Paris, 1898, 103). That was not the case in the Mozarabic Rite, where the celebrant uses the word only twice, before the Agios and Pater noster.
Oremus is said (or sung) in the Roman Rite before all separate collects in the Mass, Office, or on other occasions (but several collects may be joined with one Oremus). It is also used before the Post-Communion, the offertory, and before the introduction to the Pater noster and other short prayers (e.g., Aufer a nobis) in the form of collects.
It appears that the Oremus did not originally apply to the prayer that now follows it. It is thought that it was once an invitation to private prayer, very likely with further direction as to the object, as is now the case in the liturgy for Good Friday (Oremus pro ecclesia sancta Dei). The deacon then said: Flectamus genua ("let us kneel"), and all knelt in silent prayer. After a time the people were told to stand up (Levate), and finally the celebrant collected all the petitions in one short sentence said aloud (hence, the collect). Eventually this was simplified into the word alone preceding the prayer.
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We have introduced OREMUS to both of the parishes that I work for in Alberta and the response has been amazing. Our Parishioners truly encountered Christ in a powerful way during this 8 week course, which is really an 8 week retreat lead by Fr. Mark Toups. God can use OREMUS to truly introduce prayer or deepen the prayer lives of your parishioners! Reviewer: Constantine Kolitsos [Wetaskiwin, AB]
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