June 10 Devotional (2021)

The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.

A prayer inspired by Saint Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon and Teacher of the Faith, who the Church remembers on June 10th

Pour out upon us, O Lord, that same Spirit by which thy deacon Ephrem rejoiced to proclaim in sacred song the mysteries of faith; and so gladden our hearts that we, like him, may be devoted to thee alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


June 10, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings:  Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 / Genesis 3:14-24 / Hebrews 2:5-9

Invitatory

O Lord, open thou our lips. 

And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

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

“Here in the Garden”

Morning Prayer

BEFORE READING THE SCRIPTURES 

OLord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart, that I may hear Your word and that I may understand and do Your will, for I am a sojourner upon the earth. Hide not Your commandments from me, but open my eyes, that I may perceive the wonders of Your law. Reveal to me the hidden and secret lore of Your wisdom. In You, O God, do I place my hope. Enlighten my mind and understanding with the light of Your knowledge, not only to cherish those things that are written, but to do them; that in reading the lives and sayings of the saints I may not sin, but that such may serve for my renewal, enlightenment, and sanctification, for the salvation of my soul and the inheritance of everlasting life. For You are the enlightenment of those who lie in darkness, and from You comes every good deed and every gift. 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

Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, In whom the world rejoices, Who from our mothers’ arms Has blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love And still is ours today.

Martin Rinkart [3]
“Cedar of Lebanon”
By J. Taylor Wilson
(source)

Morning Reading: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15

The righteous are like a cedar of Lebanon

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

to declare your steadfast love in the morning,

and your faithfulness by night,

to the music of the lute and the harp,

to the melody of the lyre.

For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;

at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,

and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

They are planted in the house of the Lord;

they flourish in the courts of our God.

In old age they still produce fruit;

they are always green and full of sap,

showing that the Lord is upright;

he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.


Midday Prayer

FOR GRATITUDE 

Bless the Lord, O my soul. And forget not all his benefits. 

OPEN OUR EYES, Lord, that we may see all that you give so abundantly, and teach us to be grateful; for the things we hold closest to our heart, for the things that all share in common, for the smallest of pleasures, and for the great hope of heaven. In all that you have given us, let us see your hand, and let our delight in your gift become an unending prayer of thanksgiving and an ever-growing habit of generosity toward others. For the sake of him who loves us and gave himself for us, even 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

Open my lips, O LORD,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

Psalm 51:16
“The Tree of Life”
By Gloria D. Simone
(source)

Midday Reading: Genesis 3:14-24

Deprived of the tree of life

14 The LORD God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,

cursed are you above all livestock

and above all beasts of the field;

on your belly you shall go,

and dust you shall eat

all the days of your life.

15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring.and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head,

and you shall bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;

in pain you shall bring forth children.

Your desire shall be contrary to your husband,

but he shall rule over you.”

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife

and have eaten of the tree

of which I commanded you,

‘You shall not eat of it,’

cursed is the ground because of you;

in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;

and you shall eat the plants of the field.

1 By the sweat of your face

you shall eat bread,

till you return to the ground,

for out of it you were taken;

for you are dust,

and to dust you shall return.”

20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

Midday Lesson

Protoevangelium

In verse 15 of Genesis chapter 3, God said to the serpent, Satan, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring.and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This verse is called the Protoevangelium (“First Gospel”). In this verse, “God promised that the offspring of the woman would defeat Satan. Christians see this promise fulfilled in Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ, whose Death on the Cross and Resurrection conquered sin and death. For this reason, Christ and his Mother are referred to as the New Adam and the New Eve. Mention of the bruising of the heel represents the pain and suffering imparted by the Devil on humanity; the crushed head signifies a mortal wound that would be delivered by Christ, which would vanquish Satan and the forces of evil for those who accept Christ and his teachings. As seen repeatedly throughout salvation history, God is able to bring good out of evil.” [5]

“SIN, SUFFERING, AND DEATH WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE WORLD by the sin of Adam and Eve; nonetheless, the grace of Christ enables us to overcome sin and some of its effects.” [6] “Death was not part of God’s plan for his creation but was an immediate consequence of Original Sin.” [7]

“Adam’s disobedience cursed the ground and placed mankind under toil and labor until his end in death and decay in the grave (return to the ground). For death and decay in the grave entered the world through him (Rom 5:12).” [8]

“All people are descended from our first parents; Eve, therefore, is called ‘mother of all living’ [v. 20].” [9]

“Because of Adam, man is born outside Paradise. The tree of life prefigures Christ, through whom man regains Paradise.” [10]


Eventide Prayer

Almighty, everlasting God, let our prayer in your sight be as incense, the lifting up of our hands as the evening sacrifice. Give us grace to behold you, present in your Word and Sacraments, and to recognize you in the lives of those around us. Stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your Son as he bore his passion, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages. 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!

Short Verse

Then I saw another angel, flying high overhead, sent to announce the gospel of eternity to all who live on the earth, every nation, race, language and tribe. He was calling, ‘Fear God and glorify him, because the time has come for him to sit in judgment; worship the maker of heaven and earth and sea and the springs of water.’ 

Revelation 14:6-7
“Angels”
By Carol Lee
(source)

Eventide Reading: Hebrews 2:5-9

Christ tastes death for everyone

5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.  6It has been testified somewhere,

“What is man, that you are mindful of him,

or the son of man, that you care for him?

7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels;

you have crowned him with glory and honor,

8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Eventide Lesson

Christ made lower than angels

“Angels oversee the nations of this world (cf Dn 10: 13 ). But the Son has authority over the whole of creation and time, including the angels.” [12]

Psalm 8 is quoted in verses 6-8. Psalm 8 “reflects on the apparent insignificance of human beings in contrast to their great significance to God.” [13] In verses 6-8, Hebrews applies the discussion in Ps 8 about man to Jesus Christ, the perfect man.” [14] “Ps 8:6 speaks of human beings, who have dominion over the earth and its creatures (Gn 1:28). As man, Jesus also has this dominion over creation. As God, He has still greater dominion… By faith alone (cf Heb 11:1), we confess Jesus’ authority over our own lives and His authority over all things, even though life may seem out of control.” [15]

The phrase made lower than angels (v. 9) “refers to the Incarnation, the Son becoming Man.” [16] “Before His resurrection and ascension, Jesus did not always choose to demonstrate His divine power and so appeared lower than the angels. By taking the form of a servant, He appeared to be less authoritative than those glorious beings who are upheld by His Word… Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, His true status as God’s Son was revealed to the sinful world, and God the Father exalted Him (cf Php 2:9–11).” [17]

“God has freely provided His Son as the sacrifice for the sin of the world ( Jn 19 )… Jesus’ death has drained the cup of sin and death that poisoned every person (cf Rm 5:12–17).” [18]

“Christ’s suffering and death have highly exalted Him. The Cross, which should have brought shame and reproach, has brought Christ glory and honor. All of this is nor something God has owed to man; it is by the grace of God, His gift.” [19]

That Christ tasted death for everyone means that Christ experienced it fully. “Christ’s death was a real death. He died for everyone, for the whole world.” [20]

Compline Prayer

God, my friend, it is time for bed,

Time to rest my sleepy head,

I pray to you before I do,

Please guide me down the path that’s true.

God, my friend, please bless my mother,

All your children — sisters, brothers.

Oh! And then there’s daddy, too —

He says I am his gift from you.

God, my friend, it is time to sleep,

I thank you for a soul unique,

And thank you for another day,

To run and jump and laugh and play!

God, my friend, it is time to go,

But before I do I hope you know,

I am thankful for my blessing, too,

And God, my friend, I love you. 

– By Michael J. Edger III MS

Devotionals compiled/written by S.P. Rogers

Citations:

[1] N/A

[2] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Prayers for Various Occasions. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 97). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[3] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 7). New York, NY: Image Books.

[4] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 58). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[5] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Genesis. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 169). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[6] Ibid. 5

[7] Ibid. 5

[8] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Genesis. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 95). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Genesis. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 169). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[10] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Genesis. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 95). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

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

[12] A., E. E. (2016). Hebrews In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 9007). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[13] Ibid. 12

[14] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Hebrews. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1686). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[15] A., E. E. (2016). Hebrews In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 9007). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[16] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Hebrews. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1686). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[17] A., E. E. (2016). Hebrews In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 9007). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[18] Ibid. 17, P. 9008

[19] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Hebrews. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1686). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[20] Ibid. 19

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