November 13 Devotional (2021)


November 13 Commemoration: Charles Simeon, Priest and Evangelist

O loving God, who orderest all things by thine unerring wisdom And unbounded love: Grant us in all things to see thy hand; that, following the example and teaching of thy servant Charles Simeon, we may walk with Christ in all simplicity, and serve thee with a quiet and contented mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


November 13, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings: 

  • A Song of Creation, Benedicite, omnia opera Domini
  • Daniel 4:28-37, Nebuchadnezzar praises God
  • Mark 12:1-12, The stone which the builders rejected

Invitatory

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

Opening Prayer

O Lord, holy Father,

almighty and eternal God,

you enlighten the day.

Do not take the light of lights,

your loving-kindness, from us.

Restore to us the joy of your salvation,

and strengthen us with a perfect spirit,

that the morning star may arise in our

hearts;

through you, Jesus Christ, who reigns

forever. Amen. [1]

Intercession

[2]

Hymn

“Have Your Own Way, Lord” by Adelaide Pollard
Lyrics:

Have Your own way, Lord! Have Your own way! 

You are the potter, I am the clay. 

Mold me and make me after your will, 

While I am waiting, yielded and still. 

Have Your own way, Lord! Have Your own way! 

Search me and try me, Savior today! 

Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now, 

As in Your presence humbly I bow. 

Have Your own way, Lord! Have Your own way! 

Wounded and weary, help me I pray! 

Power, all power, surely is Thine! 

Touch me and heal me, Savior divine! 

Have Your own way, Lord! Have Your own way! 

Hold over my being absolute sway. 

Fill with your Spirit till all shall see 

Christ only, always, living in me! [3]


Morning Prayer

For the Lord’s Defense

The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth bow and obey: Be now and evermore my defense, and make me know and feel that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation is the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. [4]

Short Verse

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

2 Corinthians 2:14

Morning Reading

A Song of Creation, Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

          (Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65)

Invocation

Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

I    The Cosmic Order

Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *

    O heavens and all waters above the heavens.

Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *

    all winds and fire and heat.

Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *

drops of dew and flakes of snow.

Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *

    O shining light and enfolding dark.

Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

II    The Earth and its Creatures

Let the earth glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,

and all that grows upon the earth, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *

    O whales and all that move in the waters.

All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *

    and all you flocks and herds.

O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

III    The People of God

Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Doxology

Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *

    praise him and highly exalt him for ever.


Midday Prayer

Saturday: Of Mary, the Blessed Mother

Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [5]

Short Verse

When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:4

Midday Reading

Daniel 4:28-37, Nebuchadnezzar praises God

28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” 31 While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” 33 Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.

34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,

for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,

and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;

35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,

and he does according to his will among the host of heaven

and among the inhabitants of the earth;

and none can stay his hand

or say to him, “What have you done?”

36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Midday Lesson

Nebuchadnezzar Restored

Daniel 4:32, until you have learned:

The aim of divine judgment is remedial, i.e., it is meant to teach humility and induce repentance. In the case of Nebuchadnezzar, it has its intended effect (4:34-37).

[6]

Daniel 4:34, everlasting dominion:

Reiterates the praises of God in 4:2-3. 

[7]

Daniel 4:34-37

The king’s change of heart is encouragement to intercede “for kings and all who are in authority” (1Ti 2:2).

[12]

Daniel 4:37, walk in pride … abase:

The moral of the story is summarized here in its last line. 

[8]

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”


Eventide Prayer

The Lord bless me and keep me. Amen. The Lord make his face to shine upon me and be gracious to me. Amen. The Lord lift up his countenance upon me and give me peace. Amen. [9]

Short Verse

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 9:10

Eventide Reading

Mark 12:1-12, The stone which the builders rejected

1 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. 6 He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

11 this was the Lord’s doing,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.

Eventide Lesson

The Parable of the Tenants

“The Parable of the Wicked Tenants is an allegory of the history of salvation. God, as Creator, is the owner of the vineyard, and the chosen people are the tenants charged with harvesting the fruits of the earth. The servants are the prophets, whom the tenants rejected, beat, and sometimes killed. The owner finally sent his own son, who represents Christ, and he was also killed. The owner evicted the hostile tenants and found others who would do his will. This was the Lord’s doing: Christ’s quote of Psalm 118 reveals that even the acts of humanity in rejecting Christ are part of God’s plan of redemption. The psalm was a popular chant for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem for Passover.” [10]

Compline Prayer

May the Father of heaven have care of my soul, His loving arm about my body, through each slumber and sleep of my life. Amen. [11]


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. 59). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] Tickle, P. (2000). November. In The divine hours: Prayers for Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 226). New York, NY: Image Books.

[4] Episcopal Church. (1979). The Ministration of the Sick. 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. 456-457). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[5] 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. 240-241). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[6] Hahn, S., Mitch, C., & Walters, D. (2013). Commentary. In Daniel (Sec Catholic ed., p. 1992). San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press.

[7] Ibid. 6

[8] Ibid. 6

[9] 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.

[10] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Mark. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3014). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[11] The Northumbria Community. (2015). Compline. In Celtic Daily Prayer (Kindle ed., p. 92266). London: HarperCollins.

[12] 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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