November 17 Devotional


November 17 Commemoration: Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop of Lincoln and Renewer of Society

O holy God, who didst endow thy servant and bishop Hugh of Lincoln with wise and cheerful boldness, and didst teach him to commend the discipline of holy life to kings and princes: Grant that we also, rejoicing in the Good News of thy mercy, and fearing nothing but the loss of thee, may be bold to speak the truth in love, in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


November 17, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings: 

  • Zechariah 12:1—13:1, The future of Jerusalem
  • Mark 13:5-23, The coming sufferings
  • “The Lord Is My Chosen Portion”

Invitatory

The Lord, the King of Confessors, * O come, let us worship.

Opening 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 [1]

Intercession 

For Peace

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen. [2]

Hymn

“How Can I Keep From Singing?”

Morning Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,     hallowed be thy Name,     thy kingdom come,     thy will be done,         on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our trespasses,     as we forgive those         who trespass against us.And lead us not into temptation,     but deliver us from evil.For thine is the kingdom,     and the power, and the glory,     for ever and ever. Amen.

Short Verse

Before the mountains were born

Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,

Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Psalm 90:2
Fresco by Fra Angelico, Dominican monastery at San Marco, Florence, showing the lance piercing the side of Jesus on the cross (c. 1440)

Morning Reading

Zechariah 12:1—13:1, The future of Jerusalem

1 The oracle of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: 2 “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it. 4 On that day, declares the LORD, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.’

6 “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves. And they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.

7 “And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, going before them. 9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. 11 On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.

1 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Morning Lesson

Him Whom They Have Pierced

“Speaking again of the restoration of Israel, the prophecy promised protection of Israel and victory over its enemies. The identity of the much-mourned deceased person is not clear—perhaps Zerubbabel or one of the other beloved figures—but the language certainly prefigures the Death of Christ.” [3]

With the words look upon… pierced, verse 10, we find a messianic prophecy which “is also quoted in the Gospels (cf. Jn 19:37). The Passion and Death of Christ is sufficient to atone for all sin and makes available the salvation of every person. This dazzling display of love typified by his pierced side should move every individual to profound conversion.” [4]

The mourning described in verses 10-14 may also apply to the apostles, the women, the Mother of God, and others who mourned Christ at His crucifixion. It may also refer to repentance as a result of beholding the Crucified, seeing who He is and why He is dying and turning to Him in faith and obedience.” [5]

“The fountain [in Zech 3:1] is an image of cleansing and purification. The proper response to God’s love and desire to forgive unconditionally is a motive for repentance and interior reform. Cleansing water is a type of the Sacrament of Baptism by which Original Sin and actual sins are washed away.” [6]


Midday Prayer

O eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Shed forth upon your whole Church in Paradise and on earth the bright beams of your light and heavenly comfort; and grant that we, following the good example of those who have loved and served you here and are now at rest, may enter with them into the fullness of your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [7]

Short Verse

He has made everything beautiful in its time…

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Midday Reading

Mark 13:5-23, The coming sufferings

5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

Midday Lesson

Three warnings to take heed

“The account of the end times is given here in a reverse parallel (or chiastic) form, in which the topics mentioned in the first half of the passage are repeated and amplified in reverse order in the second half. Thus, the passage both begins and ends with a warning to take heed about false christs (vv. 5, 23). The second warning is about wars (v. 7), while the second-to-last warning is about tribulation (v. 19). The third warning concerns being delivered up to councils (v. 9), while the third-to-last warning is also about being delivered up, this time by family members (v. 12). At the center of this discourse is the prophecy that the gospel must first be preached to all the nations (v. 10), which is at the heart of the apostolic ministry and mission of the Church (Mt 28:19, 20).” [8]


Eventide Prayer

Lord Christ, your saints have been the lights of the world in every generation: Grant that we who follow in their footsteps may be made worthy to enter with them into that heavenly country where you live and reign for ever and ever. [9]

Short Verse

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

Psalm 149:4

Eventide Reading

“The Lord Is My Chosen Portion”

The Lord is my chosen portion;

      he is my strength and my might.

      I will bless the Lord at all times;

      his praise shall be in my mouth.

Though the fig tree does not blossom

      and no fruit is on the vines,

      yet I will give thanks to the Lord,

      I will sing praises to him.

Though the produce of the olive fails

      and the fields yield no food,

      yet I will praise the name of God,

      I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Though the flock is cut off from the fold

      and there is no herd in the stalls,

      yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

      I will exult in the God of my salvation.

[10]

Compline Prayer

Our God, God of all souls, we adore you, and pray that we may endure safely through our solemn vigil, just as you turn the darkness into light, turn our sins, just as the sun shines at midday; Savior of the world with the eternal Father you live and reign with the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen. [11]


Citations:

[1] Stratman, P. (2001). Blessings. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 85). Crossway.

[2] Episcopal Church. (1979). Prayers and Thanksgivings. 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. 815). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[3] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Zechariah. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 2688). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[4] Ibid. 3

[5] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Zechariah. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1082). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Zechariah. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 2688). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[7] Occasional Prayers. (2019). In The Book of Common Prayer (PDF). Anglican Church in North America. Retrieved at: http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/56-Occasional-Prayers.docx

[8] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Mark. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1381). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

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

[10] Tickle, P. (2000). November Compline. In The divine hours: Prayers for Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 277). New York, NY: Image Books.

[11] Stratman, P. (2001). Evening Prayers. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 19). Crossway.

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