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Apr 21, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

April 21, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 

Invitatory

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

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. 

Alleluia!

Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [1]

Hymn

“Christians, to the Paschal victim”

(1982 Hymnal # 183)

By Wigbert [Wipo of Burgundy], d. 1050?

Lyrics [2]:

1. Christians, to the Paschal victim

offer your thankful praises!

2. A lamb the sheep redeemeth:

Christ, who only is sinless,

reconcileth sinners to the Father.

3. Death and life have contended

in that combat stupendous:

the Prince of life, who died,

reigns immortal.

4. Speak, Mary, declaring

what thou sawest, wayfaring:

5. “The tomb of Christ, who is living,

the glory of Jesus’ resurrection;

6. bright angels attesting,

the shroud and napkin resting.

7. Yea, Christ my hope is arisen;

to Galilee he will go before you.”

8. Christ indeed from death is risen,

our new life obtaining;

have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!

Amen. Alleluia!

Morning Prayer

SATISFY US early with thy mercy, O Lord.

               Blessed art thou, O Lord, who, as on this day, didst bring forth out of the waters the moving creature that hath life;

               The whale, and the winged fowl;—

And didst bless them, that they should be fruitful and multiply…

BE thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth.

               As thou wast lifted up, so draw us unto thee, O Lord;

               That we may set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

               By the mighty mystery of thy Holy Body and thy Precious Blood, instituted on the evening of this day, have mercy on us, O Lord. Amen.

  • The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews [3]

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. 

Alleluia!

Short Verse

Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.    

Hebrews 9:24

Morning Reading

Psalm 150, Let everything praise the Lord

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;

    praise him in his mighty firmament![a]

Praise him for his mighty deeds;

    praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;

    praise him with lute and harp!

Praise him with tambourine and dance;

    praise him with strings and pipe!

Praise him with clanging cymbals;

    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Morning Lesson

Equip me to join in praising of You

In Psalm 150 we find a “tenfold ‘Hallelujah!’ in the heavens and in the place of worship, with every musical instrument; everything that breathes should praise the Lord because of His mighty deeds and His ‘excellent greatness’! Of the many reasons to praise God, for us the most joyous are ‘His mighty deeds (v. 2) by which He has redeemed us in Christ And brought us to faith.  O Lord, may the praises in the Psalms, the praises in the Church, and the praises in heaven equip me to join in praising of You. Amen.” [4]

OPTIONAL FURTHER READING: Psalm 150 Commentary from the Early Church

Psalm 150:6

“But someone will say: if the divine nature is incomprehensible, then why do you discourse about these things? Well then, because I cannot drink up the whole stream, am I not even to take in proportion to my need? Or because I cannot take in all the sunlight owing to the constitution of my eyes, am I not even to gaze on what is sufficient for my wants? On entering a vast orchard, because I cannot eat all the fruit therein, would you have me go away completely hungry? I praise and glorify him who made us; for it is a divine command that says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” I am endeavoring now to glorify the Lord, not to describe him, though I know that I shall fall short of glorifying him worthily; still I consider it a godly work to try all the same. For the Lord Jesus encourages my weakness when he says, “No one has at any time seen God” [Jn 1:18]. 

Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures 6.5 [5]

Midday Prayer

We render praise and thanks,

Almighty God,

rejoicing with gladness 

for the return of the light this day,

asking your mercy,

that we solemnly celebrate

the day of the Lord’s resurrection

in peace and tranquillity, 

with great joy,

that being protected by your kind favor 

in our morning and evening watches,

we may rejoice with perpetual gladness; 

through our holy Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • Antiphonary of Bangor, 7th century [6]

Short Verse

When your word goes forth it gives light;* it gives understanding to the simple. 

Psalm 119:130

David and Goliath, a color lithograph by Osmar Schindler (c. 1888)

Midday Reading

1 Samuel 17:1-23, The enemy Goliath taunts Israel

1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 Saul and the Israelites gathered and encamped in the valley of Elah, and formed ranks against the Philistines. 3 The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. 4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six[a] cubits and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 He had greaves of bronze on his legs and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “Today I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

12 Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years.[b] 13 The three eldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle; the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 David was the youngest; the three eldest followed Saul, 15 but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. 16 For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.

17 Jesse said to his son David, “Take for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers; 18 also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See how your brothers fare, and bring some token from them.”

19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20 David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, took the provisions, and went as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encampment as the army was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. 21 Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. 22 David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, ran to the ranks, and went and greeted his brothers. 23 As he talked with them, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.

Midday Lesson

In God’s eyes

“The story of David slaying Goliath the Philistine demonstrates that the power of God is far greater than that of any warrior. Christian tradition has long seen in this story a figure of the Church’s battle with Satan and her ultimate triumph. This chapter appears to be an alternate introduction of David into the story, as Saul does not seem to know David before the duel.” [13]

“When they had first approached the Promised Land, most of the Israelites had been afraid to enter because of the giants living there (Num 13:32-33). King Og of Bashan needed a bed over 13 feet long (Deut 3:11). Now Goliath, over 9 feet tall, taunted Israel’s soldiers and appeared invincible to them. Saul, the tallest of the Israelites, may have been especially worried because he was obviously the best match for Goliath. In God’s eyes, however, Goliath was no different than anyone else.” [7]

“An army often avoided the high cost of battle by pitting its strongest warrior against the strongest warrior of the enemy. This avoided great bloodshed because the winner of the fight was considered the winner of the battle. Goliath had the definite advantage against David from a human standpoint. But Goliath didn’t realize that in fighting David, he was actually facing the power of God.” [8]

Verse 16 tells us, For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening. “Why would this go on for 40 days without one side attacking the other? They were camped on opposite sides of a valley with steep walls. Whoever would rush down the valley and up the steep cliffs would be at a disadvantage at the beginning of the battle and probably suffer great casualties. Each side was waiting for the other to attack first.” [9]

“Too young to fight, David provided food for his older brothers.” [10] “David [was] eager to attend the battle. He [took] the initiative to meet his brothers.” [11] “In contrast to Saul, when David hears Goliath’s threats, David will respond in faith.” [12]

Eventide Prayer

Deliver me, O Lord, from the man that is evil, and preserve me from the cruel man, which imagines mischief in his heart, and stirs up strife all the days long. The proud have laid a snare for me, and spread their net abroad with cords, and set traps in my way. Lord keep me from treacherous hands, and preserve me, that though they purpose, yet they may not be able to overthrow my goings, even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury and Martyr [14]

Short Verse

Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD,* you that stand by night in the house of our LORD. 

Psalm 134:1

Eventide Reading

Acts 5:12-16, Signs and wonders by the apostles

12 Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. 16 A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

Eventide Lesson

God’s power to change lives

“The power of God rests in His Church. While many people had great faith, Peter is given a particular grace to heal in order to draw people to the unity of the Church (see also Jn 14:12). Furthermore, this passage reveals how God works through physical creation, for even light and shadow are given divine power. See note at 19:11-19.” [15]

“God heals many people through the apostles. This massive outpouring of God’s love and power comes with His serious appeals for repentance. God’s power to change lives is still at work today. His greatest work always remains the forgiveness of sins. • Lord, fill us with all due reverence for You and Your mysteries. Stretch forth Your hand to heal the sicknesses of our bodies and souls. Amen.” [16]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Evening Canticle: Magnificat 

It is customary to bow at the words: “And holy is his Name…” 

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. He hath shown strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holden his servant Israel, as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever. [17]

Magnificat gregoriano with lyrics

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. 

Alleluia!


Citations:

[1] 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. 172). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[2] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal CHURCH 183. Christians, to the PASCHAL VICTIM. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/183

[3] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews. Unknown. Kindle Edition. 

[4] House, C. P. (2009). Psalms. In HOLY BIBLE: The lutheran study bible (p. 994). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing HSE.

[5] Cyril of Jerusalem. (2019). 1 John. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 1799). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[6] Stratman, P. (2001). Easter Prayers. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 77). Rossway.

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. 

Alleluia!

[7] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). 2 Samuel. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6038). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[8] Ibid. 7

[9] Ibid. 7

[10] A., E. E. (2016). 2 Samuel. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 1949). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[11] Ibid. 10

[12] Ibid. 10

[13] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). 2 Samuel. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 629). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[14] LAUD, W. (1855). Thursday: Against Enemies. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 39-40). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[15] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1507). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[16] A., E. E. (2016). Luke. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 7483). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[17] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 34). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

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