November 19 Devotional (2021)


November 19 Commemoration: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess and Philanthropist

Almighty God, by whose grace thy servant Elizabeth of Hungary Recognized and honored Jesus in the poor of this world: Grant that we, following her example, may with love and gladness serve those in any need or trouble, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


November 19, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings: 

  • Kyrie Pantokrator, Prayer of Manasseh 1-2, 4, 6-7, 11-15
  • Ezekiel 28:20-26, Israel will be safe
  • 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, That God may be all in all

Invitatory

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

Opening Prayer

God the Father bless me,

Christ guard me,

the Holy Spirit enlighten me,

all the days of my life!

The Lord be the defender and

guardian

of my soul and my body, now

and ever! Amen.

The right hand of the Lord pre-

serve me always to old age!

The grace of Christ perpetually

defend me from the enemy!

Direct, Lord, my heart into the

way of peace.

Hasten to save me, O God!

O Lord, come quickly to help

me! 

  • Blessing from the Book of Cerne, 9th Century [1]

Intercession 

For Courts of Justice

Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right: We humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice and the magistrates in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth, and impartially administer the law in the fear of thee alone; through him who shall come to be our Judge, thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. [2]

Hymn

“Lord, I Want to Be a Christian” (African-American Spiritual)
Lyrics: 

Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart; 

Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart; 

Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart. 

Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart, in my heart; 

Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart, in my heart; 

Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart, in my heart. 

Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart, in my heart; 

Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart, in my heart; 

Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart, in my heart. 

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart; 

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart; 

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart. [3]


Morning Prayer

For God’s Mercy and Forgiveness

Almighty God have mercy on me, forgive me all my sins through my Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen me in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep me in eternal life. Amen. [4]

Short Verse

The words of the Lord are pure words;

As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

Psalm 12:6

Morning Reading

Kyrie Pantokrator, Prayer of Manasseh 1-2, 4, 6-7, 11-15

(A Song of Penitence)

O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, *

    God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

    and of all their righteous offspring:

You made the heavens and the earth, *

    with all their vast array.

All things quake with fear at your presence; *

    they tremble because of your power.

But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; *

    it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.

O Lord, you are full of compassion, *

    long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.

You hold back your hand; *

    you do not punish as we deserve.

In your great goodness, Lord,

you have promised forgiveness to sinners, *

    that they may repent of their sin and be saved.

And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, *

    and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.

I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, *

    and I know my wickedness only too well.

Therefore I make this prayer to you: *

    Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.

Do not let me perish in my sin, *

    nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.

For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, *

    and in me you will show forth your goodness.

Unworthy as I am, you will save me,

in accordance with your great mercy, *

    and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.

For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, *

    and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.


Midday Prayer

For Mercy

Almighty God, you have not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities; grant that we, who for our evil deeds deserve to be punished, by the might of your grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [5]

Short Verse

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 4:16
Sidon Sea Castle – Sidon, Lebanon

Midday Reading

Ezekiel 28:20-26, Israel will be safe

20 The word of the Lord came to me: 21 “Son of man, set your face against Sidon; prophesy against her 22 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘I am against you, Sidon,

and among you I will display my glory.

You will know that I am the Lord,

when I inflict punishment on you

and within you am proved to be holy.

23 I will send a plague upon you

and make blood flow in your streets.

The slain will fall within you,

with the sword against you on every side.

Then you will know that I am the Lord.

24 “‘No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.

25 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.’ ”

Map showing the location of Sidon

Midday Lesson

A Prophecy Against Sidon

The great trading city of Sidon “had been defeated and its king, Luli, had been deposed by the Assyrian king Sennacherib in 701 BC for joining an anti-Assyrian coalition. Under Abdimilkutte, Sidon again revolted against Esarhaddon of Assyria in 677 BC. The city was destroyed to its foundations and its king was beheaded. The Assyrians rebuilt the city and named it Kar-Asarhaddon, which became the center of Assyria’s administration of the area. In Jer 27:3, envoys from Sidon were included in the conspirators that met in Jerusalem in 594 BC. A few years later Sidon was forced to submit to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and many of its people were deported. There is no record of this, but some Sidonian exiles are known from the city of Uruk in Babylonia in this period. Herodotus reports that in 588 BC the Egyptians fought against Sidon in an attempt to gain control of the Phoenician coast, but it is likely that Sidon was already a Babylonian vassal at this time.” [6]

In verses 20–24, “God speaks against Sidon. He desires to be exalted among all the nations (Ps 46:10). He will make His glory known in judgment (Ezk 28:22–23) but finally in mercy. Notice God’s gracious promise of Israel’s return from their Babylonian captivity (v 24). He promises to hallow and glorify His people through Christ Jesus (cf Rm 8:18;1Co 1:30).” [7]

“In marked contrast to Tyre and Sidon, the house of Israel has a glorious future. The chosen people will survive captivity, return from exile, and dwell securely in their own land. So God’s plan of salvation, seemingly thwarted by the exile, will again get under way. Rescued from sin’s bondage, a spiritual Israel will be gathered from all nations under the blissful rule of the Messiah, described in chs 33– 48 . (Cf Is 43:1–28; 52:1–15; 58—66; Jer 23:1–8; 33.).” [8] “The church is the seed of Abraham; and for this reason, that we may know that He who in the New Testament ‘raises up from the stones children unto Abraham,’ is He who will gather, according to the Old Testament, those that shall be saved from all the nations” (Irenaeus). [9]

“God plans to lead Israel back into the land promised to their ancestors. In this instance, God directs Israel back to His covenant with their namesake Jacob—“ Israel” (Gn 28:13–15; 32:28). God’s mercy provides a recurring theme throughout the Bible. His promises point to the cross, where He willingly sacrificed His Son— the ultimate judgment against sin and the fullness of our redemption.” [10]

“Lord, You are faithful; through Baptism, You have called us out of sin into eternal life. Strengthen us through Holy Communion and protect us with Your Spirit… […]  Lord, You graciously work for the salvation of many. May we learn to appreciate Your ways and partake of Your glorious goodness. Amen.” [11]


Eventide Prayer

Confession

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Short Verse

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

Psalm 96:11-12

Eventide Reading

1 Corinthians 15:20-28, That God may be all in all

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

Eventide Lesson

“The end”

“As the firstfruits in the OT were consecrated to God as the representative and promise of later fruits (Ex 23:16), so the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the first offering of the resurrection of all who are His (v. 23).” [12]

“All people share the same human nature, but Christians have two fathers: first Adam, who became the father of mortality and earthly life, and now Christ, the father of immortality and spiritual life.” [13]

“The end [vv. 24-28] is the consummation of the Kingdom when Christ’s lordship over all will be fulfilled and He will offer creation up to God the Father (see Rom 8:19-23, 32-39). Although the Son (v. 28) shares the same divine nature and dignity as the Father, He is subject to the Father because only the Father is the source of divinity. God being all in all refers to the common lordship of the Trinity over all things, not to pantheism.” [14] This should not be misunderstood as indicating that there is more than one will within the Godhead, or that the Persons of the Trinity are ranked in authority. Rather, as Saint Hilary of Poitiers explained, “[T]he first step in the mystery is that all things have been made subject to [Christ], and then he himself becomes subject to the One who subjects all things to himself. Just as we subject ourselves to the glory of his reigning body, the Lord himself in the same mystery subjects himself in the glory of his body to the One who subjects all things to himself. We are made subject to the glory of his body in order that we may possess the glory with which he reigns in the body, because we shall be conformable to his body,” (On the Trinity 11.36). [15]

“By his Death and Resurrection, Christ reclaimed his kingship of peace, joy, truth, and love for everyone who accepts the grace of the Redemption. This triumph will be completed at the end of the world when, as we affirm in the Nicene Creed, Christ ‘will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.’ Every sin and evil will be eradicated, including death. At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will reach its perfection.” [16]

Compline Prayer

O Lord, you surrounded your people at night as a pillar of fire to defend them from the plans of the Pharaoh and the captains of his army. Also send us your Holy Spirit from your flaming, jeweled, and awesome throne to take care of your people. Defend us this night with the shield of faith, that we may not fear the terrors of the night; for you reign forever and ever. Amen. [17]


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. 821). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[3] Tickle, P. (2000). November. In The divine hours: Prayers for Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 235). New York, NY: Image Books.

[4] 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. 80). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[5] 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

[6] Keener, C. S., Walton, J. H., & Matthews, V. A. (2016). Ezekiel. In NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle, pp. 4923). essay, Zondervan.

[7] A., E. E. (2016). Ezekiel. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 5585). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[8] Ibid. 7, P. 5584-5585

[9] Ibid. 7

[10] Ibid. 7

[11] Ibid. 7

[12] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). 1 Corinthians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1600). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[13] Ibid. 12

[14] Ibid. 12, P. 1601

[15] Hilary of Poitiers. (2019). 1 Corinthians. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 3287). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[16] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). 1 Corinthians. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3491). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[17] Stratman, P. (2001). Evening Prayers. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 20). Crossway.

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