June 9, 2022 Devotional

June 9, 2022

Today’s Readings: 

Invitatory

The Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: * 

O come, let us worship Him. Alleluia!

Hymn

“O God, we praise thee, and confess”

(1982 Hymnal # 364)

Lyrics [1]:

1 O God, we praise thee; and confess

that thou the only Lord

and everlasting Father art,

by all the earth adored.

2 To thee all angels cry aloud;

to thee the powers on high,

both cherubim and seraphim,

continually do cry:

3 O holy, holy, holy Lord,

whom heavenly hosts obey,

the world is with the glory filled

of thy majestic sway!

4 The apostles’ glorious company,

and prophets crowned with light,

with all the martyrs’ noble host,

thy constant praise recite.

5 The holy church in faith proclaims,

thy Son who for us died,

also the Holy Comforter,

our advocate and guide.

Morning Prayers

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.

The Holy Spirit around us,

In us and with us,

The Holy Spirit to us,

May it come, O Christ, Suddenly!

The Holy Spirit to inhabit

Our body and our soul,

To protect us speedily

Against peril, against disease!

Agaist demons, against sins,

Against hell with many evils,

O Jesus, may it sanctify us,

May your Spirit free us!

Amen.

  • The Hymn Máel Ísu [2]

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. Alleluia.

Short Verse

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Morning Reading

Psalm 8, Your majesty is praised above the heavens

O Lord, our Sovereign,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

    Out of the mouths of babes and infants

you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,

    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

    the moon and the stars that you have established;

what are humans that you are mindful of them,

    mortals[a] that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God[b]

    and crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;

    you have put all things under their feet,

all sheep and oxen,

    and also the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Let us pray. 

We bless you, master of the heavens, for the wonderful order which enfolds this world; grant that your whole creation may find fulfilment in the Son of Man, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. [3]

Morning Lesson

His name is wondrous!

“Psalm 8 speaks of the Incarnate Lord: (1) His name is wondrous… in all the earth, and He is exalted far beyond the heavens [v. 1; see also Php 2:9-11). (2) He brings forth praise from His humble people, who are likened to little children [v. 2; see also Mt 18:1-4; 21:16, 16]. (3) He is the Creator of the universe [v. 3; see also Heb 1:10-12]. (4) He remembered man and his mortal nature, for example, his fall into death and decay in the grave, and thus, became incarnate to redeem him from death and to crown him with glory and honor [vv. 5-8; see also Heb 26:6-10]. (5) Because of the things mentioned above, the incarnate Lord’s name is wondrous in all the earth.” [4]

Regarding this Psalm, Hesychius of Jerusalem wrote, “The church says, “’O Lord, our Lord.’ For after the recognition of Christ when one is freed from the slavery of idolatry, one begins to call on God and the Lord. Always the whole earth truly is full of the marvelous creations, the works of God. And even more marvelous the name of that One, namely, Christ, has been made wonderful among all the nations and foreign peoples through faith in him,” (Large Commentary on Psalms 8). [5]

Listen to Psalm 8

Midday Prayers

COME, O SPIRIT OF COUNSEL, guide me in right pathways, turn me away from evil, and lead me by thy commandments to the joy of eternal life. Amen.  [6]

The Lorica of Fursa 

      May the guiding hands of God be on my shoulders,

      may the presence of the Holy Spirit be on my head,

      may the sign of Christ be on my forehead,

      may the voice of the Holy Spirit be in my ears,

      may the smell of the Holy Spirit be in my nose,

      may the sight of the company of heaven be in my eyes,

      may the speech of the company of heaven be in my mouth,

      may the work of the church of God be in my hands,

      may the serving of God and my neighbor be in my feet,

      may God make my heart his home,

      and may I belong to God, my Father, completely. 

​Lorica of St. Fursa (Fursey), 7th Century [7]

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. Alleluia.

Short Verse

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

  • Luke 11:13

Midday Reading

Proverbs 3:13-18, Wisdom is a tree of life

13 Happy [blessed, considered fortunate, to be admired] is the man who finds [skillful and godly] wisdom,

And the man who gains understanding and insight [learning from God’s word and life’s experiences],

14 For wisdom’s profit is better than the profit of silver,

And her gain is better than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies;

And nothing you can wish for compares with her [in value].

16 Long life is in her right hand;

In her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are highways of pleasantness and favor,

And all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,

And happy [blessed, considered fortunate, to be admired] is everyone who holds her tightly.

Midday Lesson

‘O the manifold happiness of’

“While both rubies (v. 15) and sapphires are forms of the mineral corundum, which consists primarily of aluminum oxide, rubies are much rarer and therefore considered more precious. The Egyptian sage Ptahhotep also compares true wisdom with rare gems (emeralds), adding weight to such analogies. Diamonds were not known in the ancient world.” [8]

“The book of Proverbs contains many strong statements about the benefits of wisdom, including long life (v. 16), wealth, honor, and peace. If you aren’t experiencing them, does this mean you are short on wisdom? Not necessarily. Instead of guarantees, these statements are general principles. In a perfect world, wise behavior would always lead to these benefits. Even in our troubled world, living wisely usually results in obvious blessings—but not always. Sometimes sin intervenes, and some blessings must be delayed until Jesus returns to establish his eternal Kingdom. That is why we must ‘live by believing and not by seeing’ (2 Cor 5:7). We can be sure that wisdom ultimately leads to blessing.” [9]

Wisdom is a tree of life (v. 18). “The immediate background of this image is the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Ge 2). Those who embrace wisdom are like those who embrace the tree of life; i.e., wisdom is the source of life in all its fullness.” [10]

“The beatitudes of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3–12) work much the way these verses do (vv. 13–18). The Hebrew term blessed is an explosive word: ‘O the manifold happiness of’ (see Ps. 1:1). It implies that God is truly pleased. The person who has discovered wisdom has found a priceless treasure. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden and forbidden access to the tree of life (Gen. 3:22–24), but wisdom is another tree of life and will begin to restore the lost happiness of Paradise.” [11]

Eventide Prayers

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

O DIVINE LOVE… Send upon this desert, which is my soul, the sparkling dew of thy grace, and make fruitful that which has long been barren. Amen. [12]

O CHEERFUL light of the sacred glory of the immortal, heavenly, holy, Messed Father, Jesu Christ. Having reached the setting of the sun, and beholding the star of evening, we praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit of God. Worthy art thou at every hour to be celebrated by holy lips, O Son of God, thou giver of life. Therefore the world doth glorify thee.

  • Lancelot Andrewes [13]

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. Alleluia.

Short Verse

We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.

  • Acts 5:32

Eventide Reading

Ephesians 1:17-19, Wisdom in the Trinity

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may perceive what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.

Eventide Lesson

The eyes of your heart enlightened

“Through the Word, the Spirit (Is 11:2; 1Co 12:8) gives wisdom and reveals the Father and the Son (Jn 16:13; 1Co 2:10–13).” [14] It is through the Spirit that the eyes of your heart [are] enlightened (v. 18). “In biblical language, the heart is the seat of thought and will (not emotions). The light is God’s realm (Col 1:12–13; 1Jn 1:5–7). Apart from Christ, people are ‘darkened in their understanding’ ( Eph 4: 18 ), but through Baptism, they are brought into the light (5:8, 14; cf Jn 9:11; Ac 9:18). Early Christians spoke of Baptism as enlightenment.” [15] “This washing [Baptism] is called illumination, because those who learn these things are illuminated in their understandings” (Saint Justin Martyr). [16] “God’s power (v. 19) is His saving action for those “who believe.” [17]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety. — Psalm 4:8


Citations:

[1] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal Church 364. O god, we praise thee, and confess. (n.d.). Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/364

[2] Stratman, P. (2001). Easter. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 80). Crossway.

[3] Church House Publishing. (2005). Psalter. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 774). 

[4] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Psalms. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 716). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Hesychius of Jerusalem. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 1535). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[6] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 259). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[7] Stratman, P. (2001). Loricas. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 6). Crossway.

[8] Keener, C. S., Walton, J. H., & Matthews, V. A. (2016). Proverbs. In NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle, pp. 5430). essay, Zondervan.

[9] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Proverbs. In Chronological life application study Bible (p. 6228). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[10] Keener, C. S., Walton, J. H., & Matthews, V. A. (2016). Proverbs. In NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle, pp. 5430). essay, Zondervan.

[11] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Proverbs. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 3818). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[12] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 251). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[13] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Lancelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 5074). Kindle Edition. 

[14] A., E. E. (2016). Proverbs. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 8088). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[15] Ibid. 14

[16] Ibid. 14

[17] Ibid. 14, P. 8089

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