June 14, 2022 Devotional

June 14, 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

“His Eye is on the Sparrow”


Morning Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

God, you have prepared in peace the path I must follow today. Help me to walk straight on that path. If I speak, remove lies from my lips. If I am hungry, take away from me all complaint. If I have plenty, destroy pride in me. May I go through the day calling on you, you, O Lord, who know no other Lord. 

  • Ethiopian Prayer [1]

WE ADORE THEE, most Holy Trinity, we worship thee and we thank thee, that thou hast revealed to us this glorious mystery. Grant, we beseech thee, that persevering in this faith, and loving thee in all things and above all things, we may see and glorify thee eternally whom we confess here; one God in three persons, blessed for ever more. Amen. [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

Incline my heart, O God, to your ways.* Turn my eyes from longing after vanities. 

  • based on Psalm 119:36 and 37 [3]

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]

Reflection

Psalm 124 Commentary from the Early Church

Psalm 124:1-3 

The holy martyrs, you see, did not rely on themselves but asked for relief from Christ. That is why they were also victorious. Listen to the voices of those who do not rely on themselves; it is the voice of the holy martyrs. . . . The martyrs say, “Unless the Lord were among us,” unless he had helped us, unless he had strengthened our hearts with faith, unless he had endowed us with patience, unless he had provided us with power as we fought, “they would perhaps have swallowed us alive.” 

Augustine, Sermon 335f.2 [5]

Psalm 124:7 

Where the soul is supported with spiritual wings, [David] has chosen to describe the soul as a bird, as he has said . . . , “My soul has escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers”; and again, In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to the mountain” [Ps 11:1]. Thus the soul has its wings by which it can raise itself free from the earth. But this movement of the wings is not of something constructed of feathers but a continuing series of good works, like those of the Lord of whom it is well said, “And in the shadow of your wings I shall take refuge” [see Ps 91:4]. In the first place, the hands of our Lord fixed on the cross were extended like something in flight, and, second, the actions of God are like a refreshing shadow of eternal salvation that can regulate the conflagration raging in our world. 

Ambrose, On Virginity 18 [6]

Midday Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Let us bless the Lord God living and true! Let us always render him praise, glory, honor, blessing, and all good things! Amen. Amen. So be it! So be it! 

  • St. Francis of Assisi [7]

KEEP US, O LORD, from the vain strife of words, and grant us a constant profession of our faith. Preserve us in the way of truth, so that we may ever hold fast that which we professed when we were baptized into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and may give glory to thee, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, now and for evermore. Amen. 

  • Saint Hilary [8]

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

Come to me speedily, O God. You are my helper and my deliverer;* LORD, do not tarry. 

Psalm 70:5-6

Midday Reading

Proverbs 8:4-21, Wisdom’s riches

4 “To you, O men, I call,

And my voice is directed to the sons of men.

5 “O you naive or inexperienced [who are easily misled], understand prudence and seek astute common sense;

And, O you [closed-minded, self-confident] fools, understand wisdom [seek the insight and self-discipline that leads to godly living].

6 “Listen, for I will speak excellent and noble things;

And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.

7 “For my mouth will utter truth,

And wickedness is repulsive and loathsome to my lips.

8 “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness (upright, in right standing with God);

There is nothing contrary to truth or perverted (crooked) in them.

9 “They are all straightforward to him who understands [with an open and willing mind],

And right to those who find knowledge and live by it.

10 “Take my instruction rather than [seeking] silver,

And take knowledge rather than choicest gold,

11 For wisdom is better than rubies;

And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

12 “I, [godly] wisdom, reside with prudence [good judgment, moral courage and astute common sense],

And I find knowledge and discretion.

13 “The [reverent] fear and worshipful awe of the LORD includes the hatred of evil;

Pride and arrogance and the evil way,

And the perverted mouth, I hate.

14 “Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;

I am understanding, power and strength are mine.

15 “By me kings reign

And rulers decide and decree justice.

16 “By me princes rule, and nobles,

All who judge and govern rightly.

17 “I love those who love me;

And those who seek me early and diligently will find me.

18 “Riches and honor are with me,

Enduring wealth and righteousness (right standing with God).

19 “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,

And my yield is better than choicest silver.

20 “I, [Wisdom, continuously] walk in the way of righteousness,

In the midst of the paths of justice,

21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth and true riches,

And that I may fill their treasuries.

Midday Lesson

Wisdom is Christ

“The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction [vv. 1-11]. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold.” [9]

“Wisdom, here [in vv. 12-21] is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ’s precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom’s promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.” [10]

Eventide Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Hear, O Lord, your servants, offering evening praises to your Name. Through the silent hours of the night deign to watch over us, whom You have protected in all dangers of the day. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

  • Anglo-Saxon, Traditional [11]

I will extol you, the Trinity, the mysterious One, who is One and Three, a Unity of one energy, of the same essence and attributes, one God to be praised. I will praise you, great Father, whose mighty works are great; to praise you is just; to praise you is my duty, to produce poetry for Eloi is right. Hail, glorious Christ! Father, and Son, and Spirit! Lord, God, Adonai! I will extol God, who is both One and Two, who is Three without any error, without any doubt; who made fruit, and gulley, and every gushing stream; God is his name, being two Divine Ones to be comprehended; God is his name, being three Divine Ones in his energy; God is his name, being One; the God of Peter and Paul. I will extol One, who is both Two and One. who is, besides, Three, who is God himself, who made one day and another, and male and female, and ordained that the shallow and the abyss should not be of equal depth; who made heat and cold, and sun and moon… 

  • The Black Book of Carmarthen. The Four Ancient Books of Wales, 1868, p. 511 [12]

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

What god can compare with you for pardoning guilt and for overlooking crime? He does not harbor anger for ever since he delights in showing faithful love. Once more have pity on us, tread down our faults; throw all our sins to the bottom of the sea. Grant Jacob your faithfulness, and Abraham your faithful love, as you swore to our ancestors from the days of long ago. 

  • Micah 7:18-20

Eventide Reading

Ephesians 5:15-21, Living as wise ones in the Trinity

15 Be careful, then, how you live,[a] not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to one another, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 being subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Eventide Lesson

Inebriated with the Holy Spirit

Re-read verses 15-17. “The goal is not to abandon the world, but to keep oneself in Christ and salvage as much as possible from the evil world. Christians renounce the fallenness of the world, not creation itself.” [13] “By referring to these days as evil (v. 15), Paul was communicating his sense of urgency because of evil’s pervasiveness. We need the same sense of urgency because our days are also difficult. We must keep our standards high, act wisely, and do good whenever we can.” [14]

Re-read verses 18-20. “Following repentance, a surge of life and joy wells forth. A distinctive spirit, a kind of elation, energizes both darkness and light. For those in darkness, this spirit is like drunkenness, artificial and temporary. For Christians, it is the Holy Spirit (v. 18), and the joy is New Covenant worship of the Holy Trinity, the Eucharist (giving thanks, v. 20): to the Father, through the Son incarnate (Lord in v. 19; Lord Jesus Christ in v. 20), in the Spirit (v. 18). He who is made drunk with wine totters and sways, but he who is inebriated with the Holy Spirit is rooted in Christ and gloriously sober.” [15] 

“Quoting Scripture and singing hymns are not spiritual if there is not also true humility, submission, and the fear of God (v. 21).” [16]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Now I lay me down to sleep, 

I pray the Lord my soul to keep, 

May angels watch me through the night, 

And wake me with the morning light. 

Amen.


Citations:

[1] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 9). New York, NY: Image Books.

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotional. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 267). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

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

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

[5] Augustine. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2463). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[6] Ambrose. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2463). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[7] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 52). New York, NY: Image Books.

[8] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotional. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 267). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[9] Henry, M. (n.d.). Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Proverbs 8. Retrieved June 8, 2022, from https://biblehub.com/commentaries/mhc/proverbs/8.htm

[10] Ibid. 9

[11] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 50). New York, NY: Image Books.

[12] Stratman, P. (2001). Praise to God. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 41). Crossway.

[13] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Ephesians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1639). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[14] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Ephesians. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 7661). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[15] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Ephesians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1639). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[16] Ibid. 15

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