November 24 Devotional (2021)

November 24, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings: 

  • An excerpt from Creative Prayer
  • Ezekiel 30:20-26, I am the Lord
  • John 16:25-33, I have conquered the world

Invitatory 

O give thanks to the Lord, and call upon his Name; make known his deeds among the peoples.    

(Psalm 105:1)

Alleluia. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Opening Prayer

A Composite Litany from the Lorrha-Stowe Missal

Son of God,

you performed the wonderful

works of the Lord for our fathers.

Show us your favor also in our time.

Stretch forth your hand from on high.

O Christ, deliver us.

O Christ, hear us.

Show us your favor, spare us, o Lord.

Show us your favor, deliver us, O Lord.

From all evil, deliver us, O Lord.

By your cross, deliver us, O Lord….

O Lord, deliver us sinners.

We pray, hear us.

Son of God, we pray, hear us.

We ask, give us peace.

O Lamb of God, hear us.

You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

O Christ, hear us. 

Amen. [1]

Intercession

For Prisons and Correctional Institutions

Lord Jesus, for our sake you were condemned as a criminal: Visit our jails and prisons with your pity and judgment. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to your will, and give them hope for their future. When any are held unjustly, bring them release; forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice. Remember those who work in these institutions; keep them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison, O Lord, we do for you, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask for your mercy’s sake. Amen. [2]

Hymn

“All Creatures of our God and King” by St. Francis of Assisi


Morning Prayer

Christ, the first born,

      proceeding from the mouth of the Father,

Christ, the only-begotten,

      Son of one being with the Father,

Christ Alpha and Omega, beginning and end.

Christ seated with the Father,

      above the company of angels,

      resisting humbly, but surrendering gracefully,

Christ in the beginning with the Father, creating all things,

Christ praised by angels and archangels,

Christ promised by patriarchs and prophets,

Christ sent by the Father to the womb of the virgin 

      to take on human flesh,

Christ born as the Word and

      Wisdom of the Father,

Christ coming into the world,

      true God and true man,

Christ in the manger, announced and sung by angels

      and adored by shepherds,

Christ circumcised on the eighth day as an infant,

Christ pointed to by the star

      and worshiped by the magi,

Christ held in the arms of Simeon at the temple,

Christ pursued by Herod and fleeing to Egypt,

Christ in Judea and returned to Nazareth,

Christ preached by John the Baptist 

      and baptized in the Jordan,

Christ declared Son of God

      with the descent of the Spirit,

Christ attacked by the priests,

      fasting, and victorious over the devil,

Christ teaching the way of truth 

      and making clear light of life,

Christ doing unheard of things

      with signs and wonders,

Christ suffering, spit upon 

      and enduring the scourge,

Christ crucified, bowing his head 

      and giving up his spirit,

Christ buried in his flesh, resting in hope,

Christ the King of glory,

      descending into hell, leading

      captivity captive, 

Christ rising as the firstborn of the dead,

Christ showing his wounds

      to the apostles, being called

      Lord and God,

Christ ascended into heaven

      and glorified by the Father,

Christ sitting at the right hand

      of God the Father,

Chris the way, the truth and the life,

Christ sending the Holy Spirit

      as the Counselor to his apostles,

Christ long in patience 

      and abounding in mercy,

Christ coming in majesty to judge the ages

      with the sign of his holy cross.

      Jesus Christ, have mercy on us;

      you reign now and forever.

      Amen. 

  • Book of Cerne, 9th Century [3]

Short Verse

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

John 17:1-2

Morning Reading

An excerpt from Creative Prayer

When we read the lives of the saints, we are struck by a certain large leisure which went hand in hand with remarkable effectiveness. They were never hurried; they did comparatively few things, and these not necessarily striking or important; and they troubled very little about their influence. Yet they always seemed to hit the mark; their simplest actions had a distinction, an exquisiteness that suggest the artist. The reason is not so far to seek. Their sainthood lay in their habit of referring the smallest actions to God. They lived in God; they acted from a pure motive of love towards God. They were free from self-regard as from slavery to the good opinion of others. God saw and God rewarded: what else did they need? They possessed God and possessed themselves in God. Hence the inalienable dignity of the meek, quiet figures that seem to produce such marvelous effects with such humble materials.

[4]

Midday Prayer

You Are Christ

YOU ARE CHRIST,

    my Holy Father,

    my Tender God,

    my Great King,

    my Good Shepherd,

    my Only Master,

    my Best Helper,

    my Most Beautiful and my Beloved,

    my Living Bread,

    my Priest Forever,

    my Country’s Leader,

    my True Light,

    my Holy Sweetness,

    my Straight Path,

    my Supreme Wisdom,

    my Pure Simplicity,

    my Peaceful Harmony,

    my Complete Protection,

    my Good Portion,

    my Everlasting Salvation.

St. Augustine of Hippo [5]

Short Verse

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

Midday Reading

Ezekiel 30:20-26, I am the Lord

20 In the eleventh year, in the first month on the seventh day, the word of the Lord came to me: 21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healed or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword. 22 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt. I will break both his arms, the good arm as well as the broken one, and make the sword fall from his hand. 23 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. 24 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him like a mortally wounded man. 25 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt. 26 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Midday Lesson

Pharaoh’s Arms Are Broken

“A scene from the reign of Amenhotep II depicts the pharaoh holding locks of his enemy in one hand and the other hand poised to bludgeon the man. The scene is common in Egypt, and in this case includes an accompanying inscription identifying the pharaoh as a god whose arm is great. The figure of the broken arm of the pharaoh may be an ironic echo of royal epithets from the Saite dynasty. Hophra, the pharaoh of Ezekiel’s time, uses as a royal epithet the expression ‘possessor of a strong arm.’ This title was the second formal name of his tutelary.” [6]

“God speaks a fourth prophecy of judgment against Egypt. Just as the strength or weakness of Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar were a matter for God’s judgment, your life and future are in God’s hands. Pray that He would bless and guide the work of your hands today. Do not regret your weakness. Note that, through the trembling arms and nail-pierced hands of Jesus, the Lord accomplished His greatest work of salvation. • Heavenly Father, thank You for Your tender mercy . Uphold the hands of Your servant in the cause of righteousness. Amen.” [7]


Eventide Prayer

OPEN, O DOORS and bolts of my heart, that Christ the King of Glory may enter!

Enter, O my Light, and enlighten my darkness;

Enter, O my Life, and quicken my deadness;

Enter, O my Physician, and heal my wounds;

Enter, O Divine Fire, and burn up the thorns of my sins;

Ignite my inward parts and my heart with the flame of Your love;

Enter, O my King, and destroy in me the kingdom of sin;

Sit on the throne of my heart and alone reign in me, O my King and my Lord!

  • Prayer Of St. Dimitri Of Rostov [8]

Short Verse

He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. . . . On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelation 19:13, 16
Humility
By Betsy Mc Daniel

Eventide Reading

John 16:25-33, I have conquered the world

25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Eventide Lesson

Do not boast

“The disciples confidently claim they understand Jesus’ parting words, but Jesus utters the sober prediction that they will soon abandon Him. Those boasting about spiritual maturity stand in danger of succumbing to human pride and unbelief. When we face temptation and trouble in this world , we can take heart that Christ has overcome the world for our sake. • O Christ, in crisis situations, give me the peace only You can give. Amen.” [9]

Compline Prayer

The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.

Our help is in the Name of the Lord;

The maker of heaven and earth.

Thou art in the midst of us,

O Lord, and we are called by thy Name: 

 Do not forsake us.

Thanks be to God.

Amen. [10]


Citations:

[1] Stratman, P. (2001). Litanies. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 67). 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. 826). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[3] Stratman, P. (2001). Praise to God. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 43). Crossway.

[4] Tickle, P. (2000). October Compline. In The divine hours: Prayers for Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 135). New York, NY: Image Books.

[5] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Prayers of the Saints. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 119). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[6] Keener, C. S., Walton, J. H., & Matthews, V. A. (2016). Ezekiel. In NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle, pp. 4930). essay, Zondervan.

[7] A., E. E. (2016). Ezekiel. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 5589). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[8] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Prayers of the Saints. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 123). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[9] A., E. E. (2016). John. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 7587). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[10] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Brief Forms of Daily Prayer. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 47). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

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