June 13, 2022 Devotional

June 13, 2022

Invitatory

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God: Come let us adore him.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.  —Revelation 4:8

Hymn

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

Morning Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

I Bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three of whom all nature hath creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word: praise to the Lord of my salvation, salvation is of Christ the Lord. Amen. 

  • From Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, Attrib. Patrick 372-466 [1]
For Today

O God: 

     Give me strength to live another day; 

     Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties; 

     Let me not lose faith in other people; 

     Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness; 

     Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them; 

     Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity; 

     Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things; 

     Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth; 

     Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness; and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls; in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. [2]

Collect of the Week 

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [3]

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

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

    Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    Hosanna in the highest.

Morning Reading

Psalm 124, We have escaped like a bird

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side

    —let Israel now say—

if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,

    when our enemies attacked us,

then they would have swallowed us up alive,

    when their anger was kindled against us;

then the flood would have swept us away;

    the torrent would have gone over us;

then over us would have gone

    the raging waters.

Blessed be the Lord,

    who has not given us

    as prey to their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird

    from the snare of the hunters;

the snare is broken,

    and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

    who made heaven and earth.

Let us pray. 

O God, maker of heaven and earth, you save us in the water of baptism and by the suffering of your Son you set us free; help us to put our trust in his victory and to know the salvation won for us by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [4]

Morning Lesson

Trust in God’s deliverance

“This hymn of praise recognizes God’s deliverance and protection of his people as if from aggressive predators. This analogy extends to the power of prayer as a means to overcome temptation to sin and the deceptions of the Devil. St. Augustine developed this even more by teaching that the snares of evil and persecution here on earth should not be feared if we trust in God’s never-ending love for us.” [5]

Midday Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept my prayers, and strengthen me to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.† [6]

Low before him, with our praises we fall, of Whom, and in Whom, and through Whom are all; Of whom, the Father, and in Whom, the Son; Through Whom, the Spirit, with Them ever One. Amen. 

  • From The Hymn “O Quanta Qualia” Peter Abelard (1079-1142) [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

The partridge will hatch eggs it has not laid. No different is the person who gets riches unjustly: his days half done, they will desert him and he prove a fool after all. 

Jeremiah 17:11

Midday Reading

Proverbs 7:1-4, Wisdom is your sister

1 My son, keep my words

And treasure my commandments within you [so they are readily available to guide you].

2 Keep my commandments and live,

And keep my teaching and law as the apple of your eye.

3 Bind them [securely] on your fingers;

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Say to [skillful and godly] wisdom, “You are my sister,”

And regard understanding and intelligent insight as your intimate friends;

Midday Lesson

“My sister, my bride”

“The tenth and final address to a son also concerns adultery” is found in chapter 7 of Proverbs. [8] “This includes an object lesson (vv 6–23) framed by cautions (vv 1–5, 24–27).” [9]

“Keeping God’s Law (v. 1) is not mere obedience to external commands; it is a matter of the heart (v 3). When we store God’s words within us, God keeps us from sinning (Ps 119:11).” [10] “Life at its fullest comes to those who fear, love, and trust in God and His commands and promises (v. 2).” [11]

The apple of your eye (lit. ‘the little man of the eye’), verse 2, “refers to the reflection that appears on the eye as a person watches what is precious to him or her.” [12]

“The reference to Woman Wisdom as ‘sister’ (v. 4) must be understood in the context of ancient Near Eastern and Biblical love poetry (‘my sister, my bride’; SS 4:9), where the ‘sister’ is actually the beloved. In other words, the father encourages his son to make Woman Wisdom his lover, his wife. One Egyptian love poem begins: ‘One alone is (my) sister, having no peer: more gracious than all other women.'” [13] “When we keep intimate company with God’s wisdom (“’my sister . . . intimate friend’), we will be kept from adultery.” [14]

Eventide Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

You gather us together in faith, O God, as a loving mother and a gentle father. Help us to remember that your dwelling place is built upon love and peace, and that to bring about your reign on earth we must follow your way of peace. We pray for all governments and legislatures that they may be mindful of the rights of all peoples of this world to live in peace and dignity. Grant this in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

  • The New Companion To The Breviary [15]

How happy, O Lord, am I, who am called to a communion with God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, in all their works and ways, in all their joys, in all their treasures, in all their glory! Who have such a Father, having in him the Fountain of Immortality, Rest, and Glory, and the joy of seeing him creating all things for my sake! Such a Son, having in him the means of peace and felicity, and the joy of seeing him redeeming my soul, by his sufferings on the cross, and doing all things that pertain to my salvation between the Father and me: Such a Spirit and such a Comforter dwelling in me to quicken, enlighten, and enable me, and to awaken all the powers of my soul that night and day the same mind may be in me that was in Christ Jesus! 

  • From Centuries Of Meditations 95, O Thou Who Ascendedst Up On High, Thomas Traherne, 1636-1674 [16]

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

Your word is a lantern to my feet* and a light upon my path. Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips,* and teach me your judgments. 

Psalm 119:105f

Eventide Reading

Ephesians 4:7-16, Building up the body of Christ

7 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it is said,

“When he ascended on high, he made captivity itself a captive;[a]

    he gave gifts to his people.”

9 (When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended[b] into the lower parts of the earth?[c] 10 He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 11 He himself granted that some are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity,[d] to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Eventide Lesson

Joined and knit together

“While the Church is one in essence, it is diverse in gifts and function. Unity does not mean uniformity. Each member is unique before God, with gifts and roles granted by Him. Diversity in operation is (1) based on the ascent of the Son and the descent of the Spirit (vv. 8-10), (2) guided by specially gifted people (v. 11), and (3) for the sake of the maturity and stability of the body (vv. 12–16).” [17]

“Paul’s rabbinic way of intertwining the Ascension of Christ (He ascended) with the descent of the Spirit (gave gifts) reveals the relationship between the body of Christ and the gifts of the Spirit (vv. 8-10). The lower parts of the earth (v. 9) is either the earth itself, referring to the Incarnation; or burial or Hades, the place of the dead, referring to Christ’s death and descent into hell (1Pt 3:19). Only Christ, as God and Man, can fill all things (v. 10), that is, reign over the unification and fulfillment of creation.” [18]

“Why is there a diversity of persons and giftings in the Church (vv. 11-16)? For unity of service (vv. 12, 13), for the preservation of truth (v. 14), and for the operation of love (vv. 15, 16), the primary quality of Christian growth. The Church, in which Christian life develops, is not primarily an organization, but an organism whose parts or members receive their edifying power from Christ to grow up into Christ. Paul does not look at the Christian as an isolated individual walking toward perfection, but as a member of the body, striving to reach the perfect faith and full knowledge of the Son of God. Thus unity of faith cannot be separated from knowledge of the Son of God.” [19]

“The role of Apostles, prophets, and others in the Church’s ministry is to build up Christ’s Mystical Body so its members can become more transformed into the very image of Christ. Christ gives us the grace and assistance we need to help one another on the path to eternal life,” speaking the truth in love (v. 15). [20] “In order to articulate the fullness of the truth it must be always articulated in a spirit of charity.” [21] As believers, we are joined and knit together (v. 16). “Paul used similar words to describe the Temple (cf. Eph 2:21). This connection of imagery reinforces the tenet of the Faith that the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ.” [22]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Almighty God, who has promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in your Son’s Name: I beseech you mercifully to incline your ear to me who have made my prayers and supplications to you this day; and grant that those things which I have faithfully asked according to your will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of my necessity, and to the setting forth of your glory; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. † 

  • Adapted from a Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Citations:

[1] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotional. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 262). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[2] Forward Movement. (2013). Personal Prayers. In Prayers for All Occasions (Kindle ed., pp. 349). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] 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. 228). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[4] Church House Publishing. (2005). Psalter. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 998). 

[5] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Psalms. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 1428). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[6] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 18). New York, NY: Image Books.

[7] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotional. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 262). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[8] A., E. E. (2016). Proverbs. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4197). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[9] Ibid. 8

[10] Ibid. 8

[11] Ibid. 8

[12] Ibid. 8

[13] Keener, C. S., Walton, J. H., & Matthews, V. A. (2016). Proverbs. In NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle, pp. 5442). essay, Zondervan.

[14] A., E. E. (2016). Proverbs. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4197). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[15] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 91). New York, NY: Image Books.

[16] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotional. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 262-263). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[17] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Ephesians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1634). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[18] Ibid. 17

[19] Ibid. 17

[20] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Ephesians. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3227). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[21] Ibid. 20

[22] Ibid. 20

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