May 14 Devotional (2021)

Then Moses went up on the mountain… Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.


May 14, 2021
Eastertide

Today’s Readings:   Psalm 47 ; Exodus 24:15-18 ; Revelation 1:9-20


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

“The strife is o’er, the battle done”

(1982 Hymnal #208)

By Francis Pott, 1832-1909

Lyrics [1]:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1. The strife is o’er, the battle done,

the victory of life is won;

the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia!

2. The powers of death have done their worst,

but Christ their legions hath dispersed:

let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia!

3. The three sad days are quickly sped,

he rises glorious from the dead:

all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia!

4. He closed the yawning gates of hell,

the bars from heaven’s high portals fell;

let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia!

5. Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,

from death’s dread sting thy servants free,

that we may live and sing to thee.

Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!



Morning Prayer

A Litany of Adoration

Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, 

      I adore thee. 

In thy perfect beauty, 

      I adore thee. 

In thy boundless power, 

      I adore thee. 

With the Blessed Virgin Mary, 

      I adore thee. 

With the holy angels, 

      I adore thee. 

With the blessed saints, 

      I adore thee. 

In union with every Eucharist offered today, 

      I adore thee. [2]

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!

Short Verse

 Keep me, Lord, as the apple of your eye and carry me under the shadow of your wings. 

Traditional

Morning Reading: Psalm 47

God has gone up with a shout

 God Is King over All the Earth

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 Unto the end, for the sons of Core. O clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of Joy,

2 For the Lord is high, terrible: a great king over all the earth.

3 He hath subdued the people under us; and the nations under our feet.

4 He hath chosen for us his inheritance the beauty of Jacob which he hath loved.

5 God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of trumpet.

6 Sing praises to our God, sing ye: sing praises to our king, sing ye.

7 For God is the king of all the earth: sing ye wisely.

8 God shall reign over the nations: God sitteth on his holy throne.

9 The princes of the people are gathered together, with the God of Abraham: for the strong gods of the earth are exceedingly exalted.

Listen to Psalm 47

Morning Lesson

Christ is coequal with the Father

In Psalm 47 we find “a prophecy of Christ (the End) and His ascension to the Father. And the man who ascended is called God, Lord, Most High, and King; therefore, Jesus Christ is coequal with the Father. Also, the ascended Christ is worshipped by the Church both as God and Man, and with joy, with fear, and with intelligence.” [3]

We confess this co-equality in the Quicunque Vult (commonly called the Creed of Saint Athanasius or the Athanasian Creed). “This is one of the historic creeds of the Church… Although called the Creed of Saint Athanasius, the likely author is Saint Vincent of Lerins. Although it was never used at baptisms, it was used in the western church as a canticle on Sundays in the monastic Daily Office, and the English prayer book mandates it in place of the Apostles’ Creed at Morning Prayer on several Holy Days.” [4]

The Creed of Saint Athanasius

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.

Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish

  everlastingly.

And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,

  neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.

For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.

But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory

  equal, the Majesty co-eternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.

The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.

The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost

  incomprehensible.

The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.

And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.

As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and

  one incomprehensible.

So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.

And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.

And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.

So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.

And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.

For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by

   himself to be both God and Lord,

So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.

The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.

The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.

The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten,

   but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three

   Holy Ghosts.

And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another;

But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.

So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be

   worshipped.

He therefore that will be saved must think thus of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the

   Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of

   God, is God and Man;

God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance

   of his Mother, born in the world;

Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.

Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father, as touching his

   manhood;

Who, although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;

One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh but by taking of the Manhood into God;

One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.

For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;

Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead.

He ascended into heaven, he sitteth at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from

   whence he will come to judge the quick and the dead.

At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their

   own works.

And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil into

   everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.



Midday Prayer

GOD BE IN MY HEAD, 

     and in my understanding. 

God be in my eyes, 

     and in my looking; 

God be in my mouth, 

     and in my speaking; 

God be in my heart, 

     and in my thinking; 

God be at my end, 

     and at my departing.

FROM THE SARUM PRIMER [5]

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!

Short Verse

Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD, and guard the door of my lips;* let not my heart incline to any evil thing. Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers,* nor eat of their choice foods. Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;* let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head… 

Psalm 141:3–5
“Moses and the Fire of Sinai”
By Darius Gilmont
(source)

Midday Reading: Exodus 24:15-18

Moses on Mount Sinai for forty days

15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the LORD dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Midday Lesson

Moses went up the mountain

In today’s reading from Exodus, “Moses and Joshua continued up the mountain to a point at which Joshua stopped and Moses ascended farther. Moses waited until the seventh day and then entered the presence of the Lord… Moses does not inform us about his activities during the previous six days.” [6]

“Moses ascend[ed] Mount Sinai to receive the terms of the covenant God makes with His people, concluding the Book of the Covenant begun in ch 20. Sin creates an impassible barrier between God and people. By the blood of the covenant, the Lord anticipates the forgiveness of sins in Jesus, who would become ‘sin’ for us in order to redeem us ( 2Co 5: 21 ). • ‘Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow’ ( Ps 51: 7 ). Amen.” [7]


OPTIONAL FURTHER READING:
Commentary from the Early Church

Verse 18

“If anyone therefore desires to behold this image of God, he must love God so as to be loved by him, no longer as a servant but as a friend who observes his commandments, that he may enter the cloud where God is. [See Ex 33:11.]”

(Ambrose, On His Brother, Satyrus 2.110) [8]


Eventide Prayer

On Death.

O Lord and Maker of all things, O God the Father and Governor of Thine, O Thou Disposer of life and death, O Thou Preserver and Benefactor of souls; O Thou that makest all things, and changes them by the creating word which framed them both seasonably and wisely, according to the depth of Thy wisdom and providence! Govern Thou my life in the flesh as long as shall be most expedient for me and Thy Church. And in the good time receive me, I beseech Thee, as one prepared, not surprised, so as I may not fly Thee at the last day, nor come with an unwilling mind like one forcibly broke off and snathched away from this world, but that I may go readily and cheerfully to that [most] blessed and eternal life which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

~ William Laud, Abp of Canterbury and Martyr [9]

Short Verse

Let the faithful rejoice in triumph;* let them be joyful on their beds. 

Psalm 149:5
John sees Jesus in a vision – the seven golden lampstands (Revelation 1:9 – 1:20)
(source)

Evensong Reading: Revelation 1:9-20

A vision of the risen Christ

9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like the son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Evensong Lesson

John’s vision of the Son of Man 

In the Spirit (v. 10) “may mean John received the vision in a visionary ecstasy (Ezk 3:12), but more probably that he was in the worship (‘in spirit and truth’) of the Lord. The Lord’s Day [v. 10] is the earliest reference to the Christian name for Sunday. The Didache and St. Ignatius of Antioch show this name was used very early for the day when Christians gathered to celebrate the Resurrection in the Holy Eucharist. As a fulfillment of the first day of the week of the old creation, Sunday becomes the ‘righteousness day,’ the ‘first day of the new creation.’ The term ‘eighth day’ is seen in 2 En 33:1 and inaugurated the first day of the timeless age to come.” [10]

The loud voice like a trumpet (v. 10) “is a traditional, eschatological, apocalyptic introduction describing an appearance of the Lord (see Ex 19:16; Mt 24:31; 1Co 15:52; 1Th 4:16).” [11]

Back in verse 8, “the glorified Christ introduc[ed] Himself the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, thus identifying Himself with God the Father (v.8; 22:13). His position amidst the seven lampstands [verse 12] signifies His presence in the Church (see Mt 5:14). The seven golden lampstands, a fusion of the great menorah of the temple with its seven lamps (see Ex 25:31-37; Zec 4:2; Heb 9:2) and the golden lampstands of Solomon’s temple [1 Kings 7:35], represent the fullness of God’s presence. Also symbolized are the seven Asian churches that receive the letters of chs. 2; 3. This reference prompts some scholars to suggest John was in the church in a liturgical setting during the Revelation.” [12]

Verse 13 tells us that in the midst of the lampstands one like the son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. This imagery “recalls Daniel’s messianic figure (Dan 7:13 – repeated by Stephern at his martyrdom, Acts 7:56). Christ called Himself Son of Man, for He is the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. Additional parallels may be seen in both the Old and New Testaments (Dan 10:6; Mt 17:2; Eph 6:17; Heb 4:12). We also see Him vested in high-priestly garments (see Ex 28:4; 29:5; Lv 16:4; WSol 18:24; Zec 3:4, 5). The gold with which He is girded is both royal (1Mc 10:89) and priestly.” [13]

In verses 14-16, “Christ is described as God, His hair (v. 4) being that of Daniel’s vision of God as the ‘Ancient of Days’ (Dan 7:9; see also 1En 46:1). His eyes signify knowledge; His feet (v. 15), permanence and stability; His voice, authority and teaching; His right hand (v. 16), power; His two-edged sword, complete discernment. This imagery continues throughout Revelation to affirm the preexistence and eternal divinity of the Son of Man (see also Jn 1:1-18). Thus, in Christ man (v. 14) and God (v. 15, 16) are united.” [14]

Daniel 2:31-44 “indicates this mysterious metal foundation [verse 15] not only provides stability but has the ability to forcibly crush all opposition as well. These images are contrasted with the feet of clay found in Dan 2:33, 43: the kingdoms of this world are not permanent, not ultimately triumphant.” [15]

“The Lord holds the stars [v. 16] that represent the seven churches [v. 20], and hence, the Church. For Christ is Lord of the Church. In His just judgement, the sword He wields is the Word of God, which cuts effortlessly to the very marrow and heart of humanity (see 2:16; 18:15; Is 11:4; 49:2; WSol 18:15; Eph 6:17; 2Th 2:9; Heb 4:12). The brilliance of His face recalls the Uncreated Light John saw radiating from the Savior at the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor.” [16]

Upon seeing the glorified Christ, John wrote, I fell at his feet as though dead (v. 17). “Mortal humanity cannot bear the revelation of divine glory, a frequent biblical theme (see Ex 19:21; 33:20; Is 6:5). Just has he fell prostrate at Mount Tabor (Mt 17:6), so also does John here, in the presence of the glorified Savior (se Ez 1:27; Dan 10:7-9; see also 1En 14:24).” [17]

Do not be afraid, or fear not (vv. 17-18), “is a revelatory formula from the OT. As a signal for the theophany, it was carried over into the NT (see the Annunciation, Lk 1:30; Jesus walking upon the water, Mt 14:27 – ‘Fear not, I AM’; the Transfiguration, Mt 17:7). In the OT God was called ‘the first and the last’ (Is 44:6; 48:12), and so, too, is the Messiah [verse 17]. Some early heresies (e.g. Docetism) held that Jesus only seemed to die. But the Lord Himself testified, I… was dead, affirming the authenticity of His death; alive forevermore, His Resurrection – the power of which effects His Lordship over death and its realm.” [18]

In verse 19, Christ tells John, Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. This tells us that “John’s visions have to do with both the present (things which are) and the future.” [19]

Today’s reading concludes with verse 20, which says, As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. “The angels of the seven churches have been variously interpreted as being (1) the guardian angels of the church communities; (2) the pastoral leadership of these local churches; (3) a personification of the prevailing spirit of the given congregations; or (4) simply the messengers responsible for delivering the letters. The term ‘angel’ (heavenly or earthly messenger) is used over 60 times in Revelation.” [20]

Compline Prayer

May the Lord Almighty grant me and those I love a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen. †

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] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal Church 208. the strife is o’er, the battle done. (n.d.). Retrieved April 05, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/208

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 38). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Psalms. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 743). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Devotions to the Trinity. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 245). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[5] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 53). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[6] A., E. E. (2016). Exodus. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 858). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[7] Ibid. 6, P. 859

[8] Ambrose. (2019). Exodus. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 420). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[9] LAUD, W. (1855). Friday Compline: Death. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 64-65). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[10] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1744). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[11] Ibid. 10

[12] Ibid. 10

[13] Ibid. 10, P. 1744-1745

[14] Ibid. 10, P. 1745

[15] Ibid. 10, P. 1745

[16] Ibid. 10, P. 1745

[17] Ibid. 10, P. 1745

[18] Ibid. 10, P. 1745

[19] Ibid. 10, P. 1745

[20] Ibid. 10, P. 1745

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