May 15 Devotional (2021)

So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab… And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days.


A prayer inspired by St. Pachomius, who we remember on May 15th.

O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his Poverty might be rich: Deliver us, we pray thee, from an inordinate love of this world, that, inspired by the devotion of thy servant Pachomius, we may serve thee with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


May 15, 2021
Eastertide

Today’s Readings:   “Unspoken Prayers” ; Deuteronomy 34:1-7 ;


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

“Jesus Christ is risen today”

Morning Prayer

A Litany of Intercession

On all near and dear to me, especially…, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On every person I will encounter this day, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On the nations and those in authority, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On all caught in war, famine, or disaster, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On those who protect our nation and cities, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On the Church throughout the world, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On my parish and diocese, its clergy and people, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On religious orders, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On those in danger by reason of labor or travel, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On homes and families, children and parents, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On those who are lonely or bereaved, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

On those who are ill and in pain, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord

And all who care for them, 

      send thy blessing, O Lord. 

Amen. [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

Praise the LORD, all you nations;* laud him, all you peoples. For his loving-kindness toward us is great,* and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. 

Psalm 117:1–2
Prayer, 
1859
John Phillip RA (1817 – 1867)
(source)

Morning Reading

“Unspoken Prayers”

(Anonymous Author)

I asked my God for strength, 

That I might achieve… 

I was made weak, 

That I might humbly learn to obey. 

I asked for health, 

That I might do greater things… 

I was given infirmity, 

That I might do better things. 

I asked for riches, 

That I might be happy… 

I was given poverty, 

That I might be wise. 

I asked for power, 

That I might have the praise of men… 

I was given weakness, 

That I might feel the need of God. 

I asked for all things, 

That I might enjoy life… 

I was given life, 

That I might enjoy all things. 

I got nothing that I asked for, 

But every thing I had hoped for. 

Almost despite myself, 

My unspoken prayers were answered. 

I am among all men, 

most richly blessed! [3]



Midday Prayer

For Travelers

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [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!

Short Verse

For the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me. 

Psalm 31:3
Death of Moses

By Alexandre Cabanel 

(source)

Midday Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-7

Moses goes up to see the promised land

1 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, 3 the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. 4 And the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” 5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD, 6 and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. 7 Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. 8 And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

Midday Lesson

The Death of Moses

“Moses was the only person who ever spoke to God face-to-face (Exod 33:11; Num 12:8). He was called Israel’s greatest prophet. Yet even this great man was not allowed to enter the promised land because he had disobeyed God (Num 20:12). No matter how good we are or how much we’ve done for God, we sometimes disobey him… God disciplined Moses severely but still called him His friend. When you experience the sting of God’s discipline, respond as Moses did. Don’t turn away in anger, embarrassment, or resentment. Instead, turn to God with love, openness and a desire to do better.” [5]

Of Moses’s death, St.. Athanasius wrote,, “The great Moses, who previously had hidden himself from Pharaoh and had withdrawn into Midian for fear of him when he received the commandment “Return into Egypt” [Ex 3:10], did not fear to do so. And again, when he was bidden to go up into the mountain Abarim [Nebo] and die, he delayed not through cowardice but even joyfully proceeded there” (Defense of His Flight 18). [6]



Eventide Prayer

On Death.

Woe is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Mesech, and to have my habitation among the tents of Kedar. For my soul hath too long dwelt among them that are enemies unto peace. Too long, O Lord, but it is Thy good pleasure to continue my dwelling in this vale of misery. Amen.

~ William Laud, Abp of Canterbury and Martyr [7]

Short Verse

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you;* he will never let the righteous stumble. 

Psalm 55:24
Jesus Breaths: The Reception of the Holy Spirit 
(source)

Evensong Reading: John 16:4-11

Jesus will send the Advocate

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Evensong Lesson

The Work of the Holy Spirit

In verse 5, Jesus said, But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’Although the disciples had asked Jesus about his death (13:36; 14:5), they had never wondered about its meaning. They were mostly concerned about themselves. If Jesus went away, what would become of them?” [8]

Christ then said (v. 6), because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. “Sorrow here means ‘extreme grief leading to despondency or despair.'” [9] Saint John Chrysostom wrote, “Great is the tyranny of despondency.” [10] “When the world persecutes the believer or when God seems to be absent, Christians are called to fight against this despondency, taking comfort from the presence of the Holy Spirit.” [11]

In verse 7, Jesus said, it is to your advantage that I go away. What might this mean? “Unless Jesus did what he came to do, there would be no gospel. If he did not die, he could not remove our sins; he could not rise again and defeat death. If he did not go back to the Father, the Holy Spirit would not come. Christ’s presence on earth was limited to one place at a time. His leaving meant he could be present to the whole world through the Holy Spirit.” [12]

Christ told the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit. “Three important tasks of the Holy Spirit are (1) convicting the world of its sin and calling it to repentance, (2) revealing the standard of God’s righteousness to anyone who believes, because Christ would no longer be physically present on earth, and (3) demonstrating Christ’s judgment over Satan.” [13]

“Through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, the world will be convicted, that is, proven wrong. It will be convicted concerning (1) its sin, the ultimate of which is denying Jesus Christ; (2) righteousness (v. 10), which it failed to accept from Christ with faith and thanksgiving; and (3) judgment (v. 11), for all who reject Christ will receive the same penalty that Satan, the ruler of this world, has already received (see Mt 25:41).” [14]

Compline Prayer

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping That awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace. 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] N/A

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 39). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] Tickle, P. (2006). May Compline. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 656). New York, NY: Image Books.

[4] Episcopal Church. (1979). Prayers and Thanksgivings. 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. 831). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Deuteronomy. In Chronological life application study Bible (p. 328). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[6] Athanasius. (2019). Deuteronomy. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 707). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[7] LAUD, W. (1855). Saturday Compline: Death. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 73). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[8] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: John. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 8498). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

[9] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). John. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1487). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Ibid. 9

[11] Ibid. 9

[12] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: John. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 8498). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

[13] Ibid 12, P. 8497

[14] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). John. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1487). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

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