November 12 Devotional (2021)

November 12, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings: 

  • The Third Song of Isaiah, Surge, illuminare
  • Daniel 4:19-27, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream interpreted
  • Colossians 2:6-15, Christ, the head of every ruler and authority

Invitatory

God is the great Lord * Come, let us adore Him.

Opening Prayer

O God, our God,

we look to you for the light,

and you awaken us from sound sleep

and deliver our waking spirits,

so that being roused from our beds,

we may remember that we

are surrounded by you;

who reigns forever. Amen. [1]

Intercession

[2]

Hymn 

“We Believe in One True God” by Tobias Clausnitzer

Morning Prayer

Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and apart from your grace, there is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare all those who confess their faults. Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen. [3]

Short Verse

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Morning Reading

The Third Song of Isaiah, Surge, illuminare (Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, *

    and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

For behold, darkness covers the land; *

    deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.

But over you the Lord will rise, *

    and his glory will appear upon you.

Nations will stream to your light, *

    and kings to the brightness of your dawning.

Your gates will always be open; *

    by day or night they will never be shut.

They will call you, The City of the Lord, *

    The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Violence will no more be heard in your land, *

    ruin or destruction within your borders.

You will call your walls, Salvation, *

    and all your portals, Praise.

The sun will no more be your light by day; *

    by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.

The Lord will be your everlasting light, *

    and your God will be your glory.

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

Friday: Of the Holy Cross

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [4]

Short Verse

He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Colossians 2:15
THE MULBERRY TREE by  VAN GOGH

Midday Reading

Daniel 4:19-27, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream interpreted

19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies! 20 The tree you saw, which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth, 21 whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches the birds of the heavens lived— 22 it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth. 23 And because the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field, and let him be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven periods of time pass over him,’ 24 this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king, 25 that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. 26 And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

Midday Lesson

Daniel Interprets the Second Dream

Daniel 4:25, like an ox:

Modern psychiatry defines this as boanthropy, a rare mental illness in which the victim thinks himself a bovine and acts accordingly. Babylonian sources say nothing of these seven years (or months) of insanity, but little is known about Nebuchadnezzar’s reign and activities from 593 to 562 B.C. This could be a simple accident of history; on the other hand, court historians, for political and other reasons, might well have reason to suppress information about a king’s mental incapacities. Interestingly, Josephus, the Jewish historian, quotes the work of a Babylonian priest who indicated that Nebuchadnezzar suffered from an illness late in his reign (Against Apion 1, 146).

[5]

Daniel 4:26, Heaven:

A Jewish expression for “God” (13:9; 1 Mac 3:18-19; 4:10).

[6]

Daniel 4:27, Break off your a sins:

Or, “redeem your sins” Daniel’s advice expresses the early Jewish belief that sin creates a debt in heaven and that works of righteousness generate a treasury of credit or merit with God (Tob 4:7-11; Sir 29:9-13). The sinful Nebuchadnezzar has racked up a significant spiritual debt that can be paid down by giving to the poor, which counts as giving or lending to the Lord (Prov 19:17). The benefits of almsgiving and similar acts of charity include remission of sin (Tob 12:9; Sir 3:30) and rescue from times of trouble (Tob 14:11; Sir 40:24). Belief in a treasury in heaven, funded by generosity toward the needy, carried over into the teaching of Jesus (Mt 6:19-20; 19:21) and the early Church (Didache 4,5-7)…  · God is satisfied by works of justice, and sins are washed away by the merits of mercy. Daniel prescribed such a remedy for avoiding evils. But when King Nebuchadnezzar refused to comply, he was beset with misfortunes that he could have averted had he redeemed his sins by almsgiving (St. Cyprian, On Works and Alms 5).

[7]

Daniel 4:27

The mark of a true prophet is that he tells the unadulterated truth at the risk of his own discomfort and his very life.

[13]

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. [8]

Short Verse

O Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?

Psalm 94:3

Eventide Reading

Colossians 2:6-15, Christ, the head of every ruler and authority

6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Eventide Lesson

Alive in Christ

“The fullness of God resides in the Person of Christ, who is one with God. His humanity is a sign and instrument of his divinity and of the salvation that was his mission. Deity dwells bodily: A clear and unequivocal statement of the humanity and divinity of Christ. This was a scandalous idea to many Jews as well as Gentiles who rejected the idea that God could suffer as a man or that God could also have a human nature. His visible human presence enables us to penetrate the mystery of his divinity. Sacred art attempts to reflect this truth and mystery in glorifying God. Elemental spirits: A term that refers either to the basic material elements of the universe (air, earth, fire, and water, which were included among the “gods” of pagan worship), to celestial bodies (Jewish festivals scheduled according to the cycles of the moon and sun), or to the realm of angels and demons. Whether Paul intended to mean one of these or all three, his point was that Christ reigns far above these “spirits” and elevates us above them as well. In doing so, Paul refuted the errors spread by some Jewish converts regarding the requirements for the Gentiles entering into the Church.” [9]

Human tradition. Verse 8, refers “to those traditions created by man. In other letters, Paul advised his readers to hold fast to tradition, meaning those teachings left by Christ (cf. 1 Cor 11:1-2; 2 Thes 2:15). The Church distinguishes between those human traditions, which can be changed, and Sacred Tradition, which along with Sacred Scripture is a source of the Faith and, therefore, unchanging.” [10]

“Judaizers who had been preaching in Colossae were causing confusion. These were Christian converts from Judaism who believed that Gentile converts had to be circumcised and embrace the Old Law as a prerequisite for Baptism. The thought at the time was that Christianity was a sect of Judaism, so compliance with the Law of Moses was essential. Paul taught otherwise, calling the Old Law a burden that imposed standards on the Jewish people that could not be fulfilled. Under the Mosaic Law, circumcision was a sign of initiation into the Old Covenant with God; under the New Covenant, true “circumcision of the heart” is accomplished in Baptism, the first Sacrament of Initiation, through which sins are forgiven and the recipient enters into a new life of grace. As circumcision was traditionally performed on the eighth day after the birth of a male child, it is fitting that Baptism be administered even to infants. Raised with him: Baptism is a death to sin and therefore a rising to new life in Christ.” [11]

Compline Prayer

BLESSED, PRAISED, AND ADORED be Our Lord Jesus Christ, on his throne of glory, in the most holy Sacrament of the altar, and in the hearts of his faithful people. Of his great mercy may he guide, protect and support us, this night and evermore. Amen. 

— THE SERVER’S MANUAL, 1917 [12]


Citations:

[1] Stratman, P. (2001). Morning Prayers. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 16). Crossway.

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Intercessions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 62). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] Daily Morning Prayers. (2019). In The Book of Common Prayer (PDF). Anglican Church in North America. Retrieved at: http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/06-Daily-Morning-Prayer-11.21.2019.docx

[4] Episcopal Church. (1979). Collects. 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.

[5] Hahn, S., Mitch, C., & Walters, D. (2013). Commentary. In Daniel (Sec Catholic ed., p. 1978). San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press.

[6] Ibid. 5, P. 1979

[7] Ibid. 5, P. 1986-1990

[8] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office, Rite II. 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. 122). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[9] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). 1 John. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3605). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[10] Ibid. 9

[11] Ibid. 9

[12] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Daily Prayers. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 50). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[13] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Daniel. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1293). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

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