WEEK II Ss. Fabian & Sebastian

fabian and sebastian

Saints Fabian (+250)  and Sebastian (+330)

Invitation to Worship

Come, let us sing to Adonai, let us praise the God of all Creation!

We make the Sign of the Cross over our  lips as we begin.

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


Awake my soul and sing;

~ With God’s praise I will  wake the dawn.



All may sing or alternate the verses of any Morning Hymn .

O sister dawn, how light your touch;

how bright your face upon the Earth!

Awakened are we all to life

as you call us from sleep’s small death.


You, sister, graced that Easter morn

when Life, entombed, was lost from sight.

You roused the women with their spice

and guided them to greet the Light!


Your dawning opens wide our eyes;

our talents are awakened, too!

Our hands, so grasping, rest has freed

to welcome gifts we never knew.


Aroused, awakened and aware,

hands turn to labor, hearts to pray;

what yesterday was only glimpsed

stands now as fresh and clear as day.


With dawn and all the gifts of day,

we praise you Abba, Breath and Word:

a world so prodigal and free

reveals your loving hand O God! Amen.

 Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley; Tune: Plainsong




My heart is ready, Adonai, to sing your praise.

Awake my soul awake, lyre and harp, I mean to wake the dawn.

Psalm 56/57

Rescue me, O God, with compassion,

I have nowhere else to hide.

Shadow me with your wings

until all danger has passed me by.


I call to You, O Most High,

for you are always my helper.

Send your aid from heaven to free me,

leave my oppressors ashamed at what they have done.


Extend to me, O my God

your love that never fails,

for I find myself among lions

who crave for human flesh,

their teeth like spears and arrows,

their tongues as sharp as swords.


O God, arise above the heavens!

Spread your glory across the Earth!


They rigged a net for me,

a trap to bring me down;

they dug a pit to catch me

but fell in it themselves.


My heart is ready, O God

my decision has been made:

I will sing, I will sing your praise.

Awake my soul,

awake lyre and harp,

I will awake the dawn!


I will thank you, Adonai among the peoples

among the nations I will sing your praise;

For your love reaches higher than heavens,

and your unfailing love beyond the skies.


O God, arise above the heavens!

Spread your glory over all the Earth!


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen. 

 My heart is ready, Adonai, to sing your praise.

Awake my soul awake, lyre and harp, I mean to wake the dawn.



READING     Hebrews 5: 10-11

God is not unjust so as to overlook your work
and the love you have demonstrated for God’s Holy name
by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.
We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness
for the fulfillment of hope until the end,
so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,
through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.



Silent Prayer



R. The ways of Adonai are faithfulness and love *for  those who keep God’s covenant and will.  V.  God’s friendship is for those who are reverent * for those who keep God’s covenant and will.  V. Glory…



Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


 The  Sabbath is for human beings, not humans for the Sabbath.

So is the Human One master even of the Sabbath.

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

 The  Sabbath is for human beings, not humans for the Sabbath.

So is the Human One master even of the Sabbath.


Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …



Show us your mercy, Adonai,

~And grant us your salvation.

Clothe your ministers with justice,

~Let your people sing for joy.

Keep this and all nations under your care,

 ~Guide all peoples in justice and truth.

Let your ways be known upon earth,

~Your saving help among all the nations.

Let not the needy be forgotten

~Nor the hope of any be denied.

Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit. 


Holy One, Source of all light and life, in the third century you called Saint Fabian to organize the ministry of the church to better serve the needs of the poor and Saint Sebastian to witness with his life to your all-inclusive love.  As we celebrate their memory today, fill us with your compassion for all who suffer and your passion for justice so that we may join all the saints in establishing your reign on earth as it is in heaven, for yours is the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.





May the God of love fill us with all joy and peace, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may abound in hope.   ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.