May 22 Devotional (2021)

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…


April 13, 2021
Eastertide

Today’s readings: Exodus 15:6-11 ; John 7:37-39 ; THE FOURTEENTH STATION OF THE RESURRECTION: THE DAY OF PENTECOST (Acts 2:1-14)


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!

Opening Prayer

Most merciful Father, You know our needs and the longings of our soul: Hear the prayers of those who have come here today to search Your Word. For those of us who come feeling broken, bring restoration. For those who come feeling weak, bring strength. For those who come weeping and filled with sorrow, bring joy and hope. For those who come with affliction, bring comfort and reprieve. For those who come with doubts, bring faith. For those who come feeling shame, bring liberation. For those who come feeling burdened, bring rest. For those who come feeling anxious, bring peace. This we ask through Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Hymn

“Hail the day that sees him rise”

By Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

(1982 Hymnal # 214)

Lyrics [1]:

1. Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!

glorious to his native skies; Alleluia!

Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia!

enters now the highest heaven! Alleluia!

2. There the glorious triumph waits; Alleluia!

lift your heads, eternal gates! Alleluia!

Wide unfold the radiant scene; Alleluia!

take the King of glory in! Alleluia!

3. See! he lifts his hands above; Alleluia!

See! he shows the prints of love: Alleluia!

Hark! his gracious lips bestow, Alleluia!

blessings on his Church below. Alleluia!

4. Lord beyond our mortal sight, Alleluia!

raise our hearts to reach thy height, Alleluia!

there thy face unclouded see, Alleluia!

find our heaven of heavens in thee. Alleluia!


Morning Prayer

A Collect for Saturdays Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our 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

Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ, have mercy on us. 

Lord, have mercy on us.

The Breath of God on Adam
(source)

Morning Reading: Exodus 15:6-11

The breath of God rescues Israel

6 Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power,

your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.

7 In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries;

you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.

8 At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;

the floods stood up in a heap;

the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.

9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,

I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.

I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’

10 You blew with your wind; the sea covered them;

they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

11 “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?

Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?

Morning Meditation

Baptism prefigured

“You observe that even then holy baptism was prefigured in that passage of the Hebrews [Ex 15:10], wherein the Egyptian perished, the Hebrew escaped. For what else are we daily taught in this sacrament but that guilt is swallowed up and error done away, but that virtue and innocence remain unharmed?” 

(Ambrose, On the Mysteries 3.12) [3]


Midday Prayer

For Guidance

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; 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

God has gone up with a shout,* the LORD with the sound of the ram’s-horn. Sing praises to God, sing praises;* sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is King of all the earth;* sing praises with all your skill. God reigns over the nations;* God sits upon his holy throne. 

Psalm 47:5–8
Spring of living water
(source)

Midday Reading: John 7:37-39

The living water of the Spirit

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, asf the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Midday Lesson

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit

“Jesus’ words, ‘come unto me, and drink,’ alluded to the theme of many Bible passages that talk about the Messiah’s life-giving blessings (Isaiah 12:2-3; 44:3-4; 58:11). In promising to give the Holy Spirit to all who believed, Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah, for that was something only the Messiah could do.” [5]

“Jesus used the term living water in 4:10 to indicate eternal life. Here he uses the term to refer to the Holy Spirit. The two go together: Wherever the Holy Spirit is accepted, he brings eternal life. Jesus teaches more about the Holy Spirit in chapters 14–16. The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus’ followers at Pentecost (Acts 2),” and the Hy Spirit has since been bestowed upon all at who are Baptized. [6]

“Christ promised the Holy Spirit would be given to the Church after his Ascension, when he had been glorified. The Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, infuses us with the grace to conform our lives to the life of Christ.” [7]

“Full outpouring of the Holy Spirit would not take place until Pentecost, after Jesus finished His work and returned to the Father (cf 16: 5– 11 ).” [8]

“On the final day of the Feast of Booths, Jesus promis[ed] that believers [would] receive the Holy Spirit (at Pentecost) after His death. ‘Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him’ (Rm 8: 9). But Christ’s death and resurrection proclaimed in the Gospel brings life to all who thirst for Him and His blessings. • O Holy Spirit , bring refreshing showers of blessing each day of my life. Amen.” [9]



Eventide Prayer

For House and Family.

O Lord, I beseech Thee, visit this habitation, and keep away from it all the snares of our [ghostly] enemy: let Thy holy angels dwell in it, and let them preserve us in peace and health, and let Thy blessing be upon us for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

Short Verse

I will offer you a freewill sacrifice* and praise your Name, O LORD, for it is good. For you have rescued me from every trouble,* and my eye has seen the ruin of my foes. 

Psalm 54:6–7
Pentecost
By Jen Norton
(source)

Evensong Reading: THE FOURTEENTH STATION OF THE RESURRECTION: THE DAY OF PENTECOST 

From St. Augustine’s Prayer Book [10]

Reading: Acts 2:1-14

When the Day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful people, alleluia. 

And kindle in them the fire of your love, alleluia. 

LET US PRAY. 

We give you thanks, Lord Jesus, that you have conquered death and that you call us to new life; grant us the outpouring of your Spirit, that in our own day and each in our own language, we may declare your mighty works to all people. Amen. 

O come, Creator Spirit, come 

And make within our souls your home. 

Come with your grace and heavenly aid 

To fill the hearts which you have made 

So make our great Creator known, 

Teach us th’ eternal Christ to own, 

While we with all the saints above, 

Acknowledge You, the bond of love.

O Lord of all, with us abide In this our joyful Eastertide; 

From every weapon death can wield 

Thine own redeemed forever shield. 

All praise be Thine, O risen Lord, 

From death to endless life restored; 

All praise to God the Father be 

And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.

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] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal church 214. hail the day that sees him rise. (n.d.). Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/214

[2] 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. 99). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[3] Abrose. (2019). Exodus. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 397). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[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. 832). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[5] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: John. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 8468). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

[6] Ibid. 5, P. 8469

[7].Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). John. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3225). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[8] A., E. E. (2016). John. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 7724). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[9] Ibid. 8

[10] LAUD, W. (1855). Saturday Compline: For House and Family. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 78). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[11] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 228-229). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

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