July 23 Devotional (2021)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

A prayer inspired by Saint Birgitta of Sweden Foundress and Devotional Writer, who the Church remembers on July 23rd

O God, who by thy Holy Spirit dost give to some the word of Wisdom, to others the word of knowledge, and to others the word of faith: We praise thy Name for the gifts of grace manifested in thy servant Birgitta, and we pray that thy Church may never be destitute of such gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God for ever and ever. Amen.


July 23, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings:    Psalm 145:10-18 / 1 Kings 19:19-21 / Colossians 1:9-14, 3:12-17

Invitatory

The earth is the Lord’s for he made it: 

Come let us adore him.

Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that made us: For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

Hymn

“Listen to the Lambs, All a-Cryin’”

(Traditional)

Lyrics [1]:

O Listen to the lambs

All a-crying

Listen to the lambs

All a-crying

Listen to the lambs

All a-crying

I want to go to Heaven when I die

Come on sister with your ups and downs

Want to go to Heaven when I die

Angels waiting for to give you a crown

Want to go to Heaven when I die

Come on sister and don’t be shame

Want to go to Heaven when I die

Angels waiting for to write your name

Want to go to Heaven when I die

Mind out brother how you walk the cross

Want to go to Heaven when I die

Foot might slip and your soul get lost

Want to go to Heaven when I die


Morning Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. [2]

Short Verse

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

“Open Hand”
by Mark Berger
(source

Morning Reading: Psalm 145:10-18

You open wide your hand

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,

and all your faithful shall bless you.

They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,

and tell of your power,

to make known to all people your mighty deeds,

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord is faithful in all his words,

and gracious in all his deeds.

The Lord upholds all who are falling,

and raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you,

and you give them their food in due season.

You open your hand,

satisfying the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is just in all his ways,

and kind in all his doings.

The Lord is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth.


Midday Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant me to so follow in faith where you have led the way, that I may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.† [3]

Short Verse

My soul thirsts for the strong, living God and all that is within me cries out to him.

[4]
Illustration of the Parting of Elijah and Elisha, by W.I. Taylor. Screen print from a children’s book, 1922. (source)

Midday Reading: 1 Kings 19:19-21

Elisha becomes Elijah’s disciple

19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” 21 and he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

Midday Lesson

The Call of Elisha

“The mantle, or cloak [v. 19], was the most important article of clothing a person could own. It was used as protection against the weather, as bedding, as a place to sit, and as luggage. It could be given as a pledge for a debt or torn into pieces to show grief. Elijah put his mantle on Elisha’s shoulders to show that he would become Elijah’s successor. Later, when the transfer of authority was complete, Elijah left his mantle for Elisha (2 Kings 2:11-14).” [5]

“By killing his oxen [v. 21], Elisha made a strong commitment to follow Elijah. Without them, he could not return to his life as a wealthy farmer. This meal was more than a feast among farmers. It was an offering of thanks to the Lord who chose Elisha to be his prophet.” [6]

“Elijah cast his cloak on Elisha, who [would] succeed him in God’s work. Let us, in the time we have on earth, lay the calling of God’s Word on the shoulders of the next generation. As God raises up Elisha to follow in Elijah’s footsteps, so He is now raising up faithful servants of the Gospel to minister to this generation and the next. • God of the prophets, bless the prophets’ sons— all who proclaim the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. Bless them with courage as they proclaim Your Word to the ends of the earth. Amen.” [7]


Eventide Prayer

A Collect for Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. [8]

Short Verse

I will wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His word do I hope.

[9]
“Peace Lilies”
By Karen Best
(source)

Eventide Reading: Colossians 1:9-14, 3:12-17

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts

1:9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Eventide Lesson

Christian charity

In Colossians 1, Paul exhorted the CHristians to live a life worthy of the Lord [v. 9]. “While Baptism purifies a person of Original Sin and all actual sins, bestowing sanctifying grace on the soul, every baptized person needs to model his or her life actively after the life of Christ. Through God’s grace that accompanies the spiritual struggle, we can certainly bear fruits of holiness.” [10]

Paul urged the Colossians to praise God who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (v. 12). The word qualified in this verse “is a reference to divine filiation, or our adoption as children of God, which is bestowed in Baptism. This status as a child of God brings about a participation in the life of the Trinity through Christ and makes us heirs to Heaven.” [11]

“By virtue of Baptism, we are purified and justified so as to become adoptive children of God and heirs to eternal life. We have redemption. To redeem means to purchase out of bondage. We were redeemed by the Death and Resurrection of Christ, who by his Blood ransomed us from our captivity in sin.” [12]

In Colossians 3, Paul instructed to Christians to Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (v. 12) and to bear with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other (v. 13). “Charity (love) must be the motivation and underpinning of all other virtues and must give form to their practice. Through charity we are elevated toward the perfection of divine love, and our love is purified and fortified… In imitating Christ, we should show mercy to others as God has shown mercy to us; this is what we ask for in the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Forgive us our trespasses, / as we forgive those who trespass against us.’” [13]

Compline Prayer

Grant me wholesome sleep, and to pass this night without fear. O thou Keeper of Israel, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Preserve me this night from all evil, preserve my soul, O Lord. Amen.

  • Lancelot Andrewes [14]

  • Devotionals compiled/written by S.P. Rogers

    Citations:

    [1] Johnson, J. R., & Johnson, J. W. (n.d.). Listen to the lambs official site of negro spirituals, antique gospel music. Retrieved April 28, 2021, from https://www.negrospirituals.com/songs/listen_of_the_lambs.htm

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

    [3] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 62). New York, NY: Image Books.

    [4] Tickle, P. (2000). July. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 204). New York, NY: Image Books.

    [5] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: 1 Kings. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 7804). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

    [6] Ibid. 5, P. 7083-7084

    [7] A., E. E. (2016). 1 Kings. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 2563). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

    [8] 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. 123). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

    [9] The Northumbria Community. (2015). Evening Prayer. In Celtic Daily Prayer (Kindle ed., p. 91925). London: HarperCollins.

    [10] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Colossians. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3602). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

    [11] Ibid. 10

    [12] Ibid. 10

    [13] Ibid. 10, P. 3606

    [14] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 2653). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

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