May 21, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 21, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 


Invocation

The Lord is risen from the tomb who for our sakes hung upon the tree. Alleluia.

GLORY be to thee, O Lord, glory be to thee: glory to thee, who hast given me sleep to refresh my weakness, and to alleviate the labours of this fragile flesh. [1]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Morning Prayers

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us…

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.

AND THOU, my Saviour, Christ, O Christ, my Saviour, Saviour of sinners, of whom I am chief;—1 Tim. i. 15. 

     Despise me not, 

     Despise me not, O Lord. 

     Despise not the purchase of thine own blood, 

          The pledge of thine own name; 

     O Lord, despise me not. 

But rather look on me with those thine eyes, 

With which thou lookedst 

     On Mary Magdalene at the banquet, 

     On Peter in the High Priest’s palace, 

     On the malefactor upon the cross; 

That, with the malefactor, I may humbly call upon thee, Lord,remember me in thy kingdom -.—Luke xxiii. 42.

  • Lancelot Andrewes [2]

O Eternal God, the beginningless and everlasting Light, fashioner of all creation, fountain of mercy, abyss of goodness, and unsearchable depth of love for man: cause the light of Your countenance to shine upon us, O Lord. Shine in our hearts, O spiritual Sun of Righteousness; fill our souls with Your joy; teach us ever to ponder and proclaim Your judgments and always to give thanks to You, our Master and Benefactor. Direct the works of our hands to do Your will; guide us to do those things that are pleasing and dear to You, that through us, unworthy though we are, Your all-holy name may be glorified, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one Godhead and Kingdom, to whom is due all glory, honor, and worship forever. AMEN. [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!

Hymn

“Jesus Christ is risen today”

Short Verse

Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner. 

Christ, be merciful to me, a sinner. 

Father, be merciful to me, a sinner. 

Spirit, be merciful to me, a sinner. 

Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner. 

Traditional

Morning Meditation

Excerpt from a Homily by St. John Chrysostom

Although all the solemnities which are celebrated for God’s honor in our churches are holy and venerable, most dearly beloved, nevertheless the day of the Lord’s resurrection has a special festivity. And that because all other feasts are days of joy for the living only, but Easter’s feast is one of happiness also for the dead. This solemnity is shared by those awaiting Him in hell as also by those still living, because rising from the dead, He wrought joy both there where He conquered death and there whither He returned as Victor. In that dreadful place of night where He tarried for three days, He retained inviolate the splendor of His majesty and shone with the glory of His eternal nature. Light was not overcome by darkness, but darkness was overcome by Light. Let us therefore rejoice, most dearly beloved, and be glad in the Lord; for on Easter the Light of salvation is given to us by the Lord according to that which the psalmist has written: God is the Lord, and He has illumined us. 

[4]

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Midday Prayers

O Lord,hear; 

O Lord, forgive; 

O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, 

      O Lord, 

      O Lord my God !—Dan. ix. 19. 

As for me, I acknowledge my transgressions; my sins are ever before me.—Psalm Ii. 3. I recount them in the bitterness of my soul: (Job vii. 11.) 

      I will be sorry for them.—Psalm xxxviii. 18. 

      I turn myself and groan, 

      I am moved with indignation, 

      I take vengeance on myself, 

      I reproach myself,

      …and chasten myself, 

          Because my affliction is not greater, 

          Because my sorrow is not more ample. 

Lord, I repent; 

Lord, I repent; 

Help thou mine impenitence; 

And continually more and more, 

      Pierce, grieve, and grind my heart. 

Pass by, forgive, and pardon all that is a grief unto me, or offendeth my heart.—1 Sam. xxv. 31. Cleanse thou me from secret faults; keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins.—Psalm xix. 12, 13. 

Magnify thy mercy towards me, a miserable sinner, and say unto me in due season, 

      O Lord, Be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee :— Matt. ix. 2. 

      My grace is sufficient for thee.—2 Cor. xii. 9.

  • Lancelot Andrewes [5]

THANKS BE TO THEE, O Lord Jesus Christ, for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for me; for all the many blessings thou hast won for me. O Holy Jesus, most merciful redeemer, friend, and brother: May I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen.

  • Saint Richard Of Chichester [6]

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

Be strong and let your heart take courage,* all you who wait for the LORD. 

Psalm 31:24

Midday Reading

Proverbs 2:9-15, Wisdom makes a home in your heart

9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice [in every circumstance]

And integrity and every good path.

10 For [skillful and godly] wisdom will enter your heart

And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

11 Discretion will watch over you,

Understanding and discernment will guard you,

12 To keep you from the way of evil and the evil man,

From the man who speaks perverse things;

13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness

To walk in the ways of darkness;

14 Who find joy in doing evil

And delight in the perversity of evil,

15 Whose paths are crooked,

And who are devious in their ways;

Midday Lesson

Two roads

“Two roads exist for every person— the way of righteousness and the way of evil. The way of evil is populated with those who reject God and His good and gracious will. The way of evil leads to certain and eternal death. The way of righteousness is traveled by God’s forgiven children through faith in Christ Jesus, kept on the narrow path (Mt 7:13–14) by the working of the Holy Spirit through the means of grace. The path of righteousness leads to certain and eternal life. • Lord, keep us faithful in reading and studying Your Word and in receiving Your grace through the Sacraments. Amen.” [7]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Eventide Prayer

I LIFT up my hands by night in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord—Psalm cxxxiv. 2, 3. 

The Lord hath commanded his loving-kindness in the day-time, 

      and in the night his song shall be with me, 

      and my prayer unto the God of my life. —Psalm xlii. 8. 

Thus will I bless thee while I live, and I will lift up my hands in thy name.—Psalm 1xiii. 4. 

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; 

      the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.—Psalm cxli. 2. 

BLESSED art thou, O Lord our God, 

      the God of our fathers; 

          Who didst create the successions of day and night;—Gen. i. 14. 

          Who givest songs in the night;—Job xxxv. 10. 

          Who hast delivered us from the evil of this day; —Matt. vi. 13. 

          Who hast not cut off, like a weaver, my life, 

          neither from morning even to night hast thou made an end of me.—Isaiah xxxviii. 12.

  • Lancelot Andrewes [8]
Against Procrastination

Lord, give me grace to make haste, and not prolong the time to keep the commandments. That I may call my own ways to remembrance, and turn my feet to Thy testimonies. And then at midnight will I rise and give Thee thanks, because of Thy righteous judgements, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer. Amen. 

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury [9]

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

The LORD has sworn an oath to David;* in truth, he will not break it: “A son, the fruit of your body* will I set upon your throne. 

Psalm 132:11–12

Eventide Reading

Luke 19:1-10, Salvation makes a home with Zacchaeus

1 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Eventide Lesson

Grace can accomplish the impossible

“Jericho was notorious as a place of iniquity and is commonly associated with sinful living (see 10:30).” [10] Zacchaeus was a rich man of Jericho. The “encounter between Christ and Zacchaeus demonstrates that grace can accomplish that which is impossible to man.” [11] 

“Many spiritual interpretations express the universal significance of this encounter. Theophylact sees the crowd symbolizing sins: ‘Crowded in by a multitude of passions and worldly affairs, he is not able to see Jesus.’ St. Ambrose sees several parallels: (1) Zacchaeus being short is indicative of his being short on faith and virtue; (2) that Zacchaeus must ascend a tree shows no one attached to earthly matters can see Jesus; and (3) the Lord intending to pass that way reveals that Christ will approach anyone willing to repent and believe.” [12] “Zacchaeus uses the term give [v. 8] for his free and generous offering to the poor, and restore for what he owes those he had cheated, as this was not a gift but required by the Law (Ex 22:1). By doing both, Zacchaeus not only fulfills the Law, but shows his love of the gospel.” [13] 

“The title son of Abraham [v. 9] indicates Zacchaeus had become like this patriarch of Israel: he was counted righteous by his faith, he became generous toward the poor, and he was united to the people of God. Early records tell us he went on to be a bishop of the Church.” [14]

“The account of Zacchaeus serves as a real-life example of what Christ taught in his parables about repentance. Like most tax collectors of his day, Zacchaeus was reviled by his fellow Jews for cheating them of their money and collaborating with the Romans.Yet, when Christ sought him, even from a distance, he responded with a desire for repentance and conversion. Christ’s mission is to those who have strayed from the flock rather than those who remain but feel no need to repent.” [15] 

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping That awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace. Amen.

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] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 210). Kindle Edition. 

[2] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 275). Kindle Edition. 

[3] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Morning Prayers. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 16). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[4] Tickle, P. (2006). April Compline. In The divine hours: Prayers for Springtime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 514). New York, NY: Image Books.

[5] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 522). Kindle Edition. 

[6] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Daily Prayers. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 53). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[7] A., E. E. (2016). Proverbs. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4185). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[8] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 2586). Kindle Edition. 

[9] LAUD, W. (1855). Saturday Compline: Against Procrastination. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 73). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[10] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1422). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[11] Ibid. 10

[12] Ibid. 10

[13] Ibid. 10

[14] Ibid. 10

[15] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Luke. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 2882). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

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