April 27 Devotional (2021)

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

A prayer inspired by Christina Rossetti, poet, who we remember on April 27th

O God, whom heaven cannot hold, you inspired Christina Rossetti to express the mystery of the Incarnation through her poems: Help us to follow her example in giving our hearts to Christ, who is love; and who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


April 27, 2021
Eastertide

Today’s Readings:  1 Chronicles 11:1-9 ; Revelation 7:13-17 ; THE SEVENTH STATION OF THE RESURRECTION: THE UPPER ROOM ( John 20:19-23)


Invitatory

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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!

Hymn

“This Little Light of Mine”


Morning Prayer

THE LORD PRESERVE my going out and my coming in; from this time forth for evermore. O give thine angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. Amen. [5]

But I will call upon God,* and the LORD will deliver me. In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice. He will bring me safely back… God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me. 

Psalm 55:17f
David is anointed by Samuel
Image from the Dura Synagogue
3rd Century AD
(source)

Morning Reading: 1 Chronicles 11:1-9

The shepherd David made king

1 Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.

4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, that is, Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 5 The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 6 David said, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and commander.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. 7 And David lived in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David. 8 And he built the city all around from the Millo in complete circuit, and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9 And David became greater and greater, for the LORD of hosts was with him.

Morning Lesson

David Takes Jerusalem

“Recognizing David as the true deliverer and king, the people witness him anointed king. This event is described as being according to the word of the Lord, showing that they are at last choosing the better way. ” [1] “These events foreshadow the establishment of the Church of Christ, which is ‘Mount Zion… the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem’ (Heb 12:22).” [2] “David grew ever stronger because he was not alone: the Lord Almighty and his mighty men were with him.” [3]

“In Chapters 11 and 12, ‘all of Israel’ is shown to be united in support of David as king. There is no mention of the separation between the tribes recorded in 2 Samuel.” [4]

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!



Midday Prayer

OF HOPE 

OUT OF AN INFINITE LOVE, you, O Lord, have made me an heir of your kingdom and joint heir with Christ. O Good Jesus, to whom else shall I go? You have the words of eternal life. I hope, and I believe in you. Lord keep me from despair. Amen. [8]

Know this: The LORD himself is God;* he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. 

Psalm 100:2
“The Adoration of the Lamb”
By Jan van Eyck
(source)

Midday Reading: Revelation 7:13-17

The Lamb will be the shepherd

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,

and serve him day and night in his temple;

and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;

the sun shall not strike them,

nor any scorching heat.

17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,

and he will guide them to springs of living water,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The Lamb opening the book/scroll with seven seals
(source)

Midday Lesson

Life and worship in heaven

“The heavenly life is pictured as one of unending worship, day and night (v. 15), from which all suffering has been banished. Here we have the ultimate sanctification of time, the consecration of all life to the service and worship of God, carried out along with the heavenly hosts.” [6] Isaiah 49:10 “inspires the statement of v. 16. John’s descriptions of the victorious Church and the blessings of heaven were written to encourage and console Christians of the first century who faced severe persecution for their faith – in which the faithful of all generations may find consolation.” [7]

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!



Eventide Prayer

For Mercy.

O Lord, look upon me, and be merciful unto me, as Thou used to do to those that fear Thy Name. Order my steps in Thy word, and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me. Amen.

~ William Laud, Abp of Canterbury & Martyr [10]

So then, as you received Jesus as Lord and Christ, now live your lives in him, be rooted in him and built up on him, held firm by the faith you have been taught, and overflowing with thanksgiving. 

Colossians 2:6–7
JESUS & DISCIPLES. 
Jesus in the Upper Room. Oil on canvas, 1836, by John P. Landis
(source)

Eventide Reading: THE SEVENTH STATION OF THE RESURRECTION

From St. Augustine’s Prayer Book [9]

THE SEVENTH STATION: THE UPPER ROOM 
Reading: John 20:19-23

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 

Jesus stood among them and said, 

Peace be with you, alleluia. 

And the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord, alleluia. 

LET US PRAY. 

Grant us your peace, O Lord, and strengthen our faith in you, that we may live as witness to your gospel and rejoice in your presence among us. Amen. 

That night the Lord among them stood, 

Who bore our sins upon the Rood, 

“Peace be with you,” he spoke the word; 

And so their hearts with joy were stirred.

By Paul Peter Reubens
(source)

Compline Prayer 

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [11]

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!


Devotionals compiled/written by S.P. Rogers

Citations:

[1] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). 1 Chronicles. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 515). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Ibid. 1

[3] Ibid. 1

[4] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). 1 Chronicles. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 1042). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[5].Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 40). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[6] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1756). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Ibid. 6

[8] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 51). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement

[9] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 214-221). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement

[10] LAUD, W. (1855). Tuesday Compline: For Mercy. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 19). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.


[11] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 133). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated

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