May 28 Devotional (2021)

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; * the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my refuge; * the Lord has become my Savior.


May 28, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings:   Cantemus Domino (Song of Moses) / Isaiah 2:1-5 / Romans 8:9-11


Invitatory

The Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: * 

O come, let us worship Him. Alleluia!

Opening Prayer

Almighty God, as we come here today to better know You through the study of Your word, meet us each at the point of our needs, send Your Spirit to guide our hearts and enlighten our minds, and bring us reassurance of Your unfailing love all the day long; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Hymn

“A mighty sound from heaven”


Morning Prayer

Almighty and most merciful God, grant that by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit we may be enlightened and strengthened for your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [1]

Short Verse

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.

John 14:16
Song of Moses and Mirriam 
by Ingrid Yolanda
(source)

Morning Reading: Cantemus Domino

The Song of Moses  

(Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18)

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *

    the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *

    the Lord has become my Savior.

This is my God and I will praise him, *

    the God of my people and I will exalt him.

The Lord is a mighty warrior; *

    Yahweh is his Name.

The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea; *

    the finest of those who bear armor have been

                             drowned in the Red Sea.

The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *

    they sank into the depths like a stone.

Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *

    your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.

Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *

    who is like you, glorious in holiness,

    awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?

You stretched forth your right hand; *

    the earth swallowed them up.

With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *

    with your might you brought them in safety to

                             your holy dwelling.

You will bring them in and plant them *

    on the mount of your possession,

The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *

    the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.

The Lord shall reign *

    for ever and for ever.

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.



Midday Prayer

Lord, open your heavens, open our eyes. From there your gifts descend to us, from here may our hearts look back to you. May your throne be open to us as we receive the benefits we ask. May our minds be open to you while we serve as you have commanded us. Look down from heaven, O Lord. Visit and tend this vine you have planted. Strengthen the weak, relieve the contrite, confirm the strong. Build them up in love, cleanse them with purity, enlighten them with wisdom, keep them with mercy. Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, you laid down your life for the sheep. Defend those you purchased with your blood. Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, seek the lost, call back the wandering, heal what is broken. Stretch forth your hand from heaven and touch the head of each one. May they feel the touch of your hand and receive the joy of the Holy Spirit, that they may remain blessed forevermore. 

  • Benedictionale of St. Ethelwold c. 908-984 [2]
  • Short Verse

    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

    Matthew 28:19-20
    John of Patmos watches the descent of New Jerusalem from God in a 14th-century tapestry
    (source)

    Midday Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5

    A vision concerning God’s people

    1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

    2 It shall come to pass in the latter days

    that the mountain of the house of the LORD

    shall be established as the highest of the mountains,

    and shall be lifted up above the hills;

    and all the nations shall flow to it,

    3 and many peoples shall come, and say:

    “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,

    to the house of the God of Jacob,

    that he may teach us his ways

    and that we may walk in his paths.”

    For out of Zion shall go forth the law,a

    and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

    4 He shall judge between the nations,

    and shall decide disputes for many peoples;

    and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,

    and their spears into pruning hooks;

    nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

    neither shall they learn war anymore.

    5 O house of Jacob,

    come, let us walk

    in the light of the LORD.

    Midday Lesson

    The New Jerusalem

    Today’s passage from Isaiah (2:1-5) is a prophecy “which explicitly concerns the restoration of Jerusalem… These verses relate that the New Temple would not only serve the Jewish People but also draw Gentiles from every corner of the world— a prophecy that finds its ultimate fulfillment in the new and eternal Covenant established by Christ.” [3]

    “The Jerusalem that God promises to create is His Church (28:16; 1Pt 2:4– 8; Eph 2:19–22), made of people from all nations (v 3; Rv 5:9)… As Israel once traveled in the desert to holy Mount Sinai to receive the Law (Ex 19), the nations (fulfilling Gn 12:2– 3) now travel on pilgrimage to Mount Zion.” [4]

    Weapons will be unnecessary in the Kingdom of the Messiah, as indicated by the weapons in verse 4 being turned into agricultural tools (plowshares). “The spiritual benefits available to all nations [v. 4] in the latter-day ‘Jerusalem’ are pictured as the restoration of the bliss of Eden: undisturbed peace, harmony in the animal world, paradisiacal fertility of the earth (11:1– 9; 32:15– 20; 65:17– 25).” [5]

    “Peace is more than the mere absence of conflict; it is a state of affairs in which justice and charity prevail.” [6] “The Lord will gather the nations to His Church (the latter day ‘Zion’) through the Word. He calls you to fulfill this prophecy by sharing the Word with your family, friends, and neighbors. The Lord works through that illustrious Word to change your heart and those around you. • May Your light illumine my heart, O Lord, and lead me in the way of peace as I share Your Word with others. Amen.” [7]



    Eventide Prayer

    Invocation of the Holy Spirit 

    Most powerful Holy Spirit,     

    come down         

    upon us and subdue us. 

    From heaven,     

    where the ordinary         

    is made glorious,     

    and glory seems but ordinary, bathe us     

    with the brilliance     

    of Your light like dew. [8]

    Short Verse

    Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

    Acts 2:38

    Eventide Reading: Romans 8:9-11

    The Spirit dwells in you

    9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

    Eventide Lesson

    The Holy Spirit is God’s promise

    The Spirit of Christ (v. 9) “declares the intimacy between the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Son [became] incarnate by the Holy Spirit (Mt 1:20) and in turn sends the Holy Spirit from the Father into the world (Jn 15:26; 16:7).” [9]

    Although, as Verse 10 tells us, “the body is dead (it is mortal) because of sin, the Holy Spirit gives new life, both now in this world and in the promised final resurrection.” [10]

    “The Holy Spirit is God’s promise or guarantee of eternal life for those who believe in him. The Spirit is within us now by faith, and by faith we are certain to live with Christ forever.” [11]

    Compline Prayer

    May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


    Devotionals compiled/written by S.P. Rogers

    Citations:

    [1] Episcopal Church. (1979). The 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. 251). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

    [2] Stratman, P. (2001). All Saints. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 84). Rossway.

    [3] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Isaiah. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 2094). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

    [4] A., E. E. (2016). Isaiah. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4986). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

    [5] Ibid. 4, P. 4987

    [6] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Isaiah. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 2094). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

    [7] A., E. E. (2016). Isaiah. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4987). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

    [8] The Northumbria Community. (2015). Invocation of the Holy Spirit. In Celtic Daily Prayer (Kindle ed., p. 38). London: HarperCollins.

    [9] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Romans. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1566). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

    [10] Ibid. 9

    [11] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: Romans. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 8656). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

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