June 16, 2022 Devotiona

June 15, 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

“Here in the Garden”

Morning Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

May God, the Lord, bless us with heavenly benediction, and make us pure and holy in his sight. May the riches of his glory abound in us. May He instruct us with the word of truth, inform us with the Gospel of salvation, and enrich us with his love, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

  • Gelasian Sacramentary [1]

Eternal God, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever, 

      Glory be to thee. 

Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, 

      Glory be to thee. 

Eternal God, whose glory fills heaven and earth, 

      Glory be to thee. 

Eternal God, before whom angels ever sing, 

      Glory be to thee. 

O Father, from whom are all things, 

      Glory be to thee. 

O Son, through whom are all things, 

      Glory be to thee. 

O Holy Ghost, by whom are all things, 

      Glory be to thee. 

Holy and undivided Trinity, 

      Glory be to thee. 

Trinity in unity, surpassing all understanding, 

      Glory be to thee

Thou, Uncreated, source of all things, 

      Glory be to thee. 

Thou, Eternal Word, only begotten of the Father, 

      Glory be to thee. 

Thou, Spirit, proceeding forth and binding in unity, 

      Glory be to thee. 

Trinity of equal and unending blessedness, 

      Glory be to thee.

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

Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.’ 

  • John 14:6-7

Morning Reading

Psalm 22:19-28, I will praise you

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!

O my help, come quickly to my aid!

Deliver my soul from the sword,

my life from the power of the dog!

Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.

I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;

in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:

You who fear the Lord, praise him!

All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;

stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

For he did not despise or abhor

the affliction of the afflicted;

he did not hide his face from me,

but heard when I cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied;

those who seek him shall praise the Lord.

May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember

and turn to the Lord;

and all the families of the nations

shall worship before him.

For dominion belongs to the Lord,

and he rules over the nations.

Midday Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

God of mercy, this midday moment of rest is your welcome gift. Bless the work we have begun, make good defects and let us finish it in a way that pleases you. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

  • The Liturgy Of The Hours, Vol. III [3]

O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us; 

      As our trust is in thee. 

O Lord in thee have we trusted, 

      Let us never be confounded. 

Glory to the holy and undivided Trinity, 

      now and unto the ages of ages.

Amen. [4]

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 LORD watches over the innocent;* I was brought very low, and he helped me. Turn again to your rest, O my soul.* For the LORD has treated you well. For you have rescued my life from death,* my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling. I will walk in the presence of the LORD* in the land of the living. 

  • Psalm 116:5-8

Midday Reading

Isaiah 56:9-12, Israel’s leaders are corrupt

All you wild animals,

    all you wild animals in the forest, come to devour!

10 

Israel’s[a] sentinels are blind;

    they are all without knowledge;

they are all silent dogs

    that cannot bark,

dreaming, lying down,

    loving to slumber.

11 

The dogs have a mighty appetite;

    they never have enough.

The shepherds also have no understanding;

    they have all turned to their own way,

    to their own gain, one and all.

12 

“Come,” they say, “let us[b] get wine;

    let us fill ourselves with strong drink.

And tomorrow will be like today,

    great beyond measure.”

Midday Lesson

The greed of the watchmen

“The ‘watchmen’ [sentinels, v. 10] were the nation’s leaders. The leaders of Israel were blind to every danger and thus did not warn when danger was coming. Apathetic about their people’s needs, they were more concerned about satisfying their own greed. The privileges of leadership can cause leaders to either sacrifice themselves for the good of their people or to sacrifice their people for their own greed. If you are in a leadership position, use it for the good of your people.” [5]

Eventide Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father’s eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil until the end. Amen. 

  • The Liturgy Of The Hours, Vol. II [6]

O holy Lord, as we believe you to be our light and salvation, enlighten our hearts with the brightness of our Lord’s resurrection, that with the knowledge of the Trinity and understanding of the unity, we may be worthy to be children of the light, members of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit; who reigns forever and ever. Amen. 

  • Antiphonary of Bangor, 7th century, Before the Hymn, #66 [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

You are my God, and I will thank you;* you are my God, and I will exalt you. 

  • Psalm 118:28

Eventide Reading

Romans 2:17-29, Real circumcision is a matter of the heart

17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast of your relation to God 18 and know his will and determine what really matters because you are instructed in the law, 19 and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth, 21 you, then, who teach others, will you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who forbid adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by your transgression of the law? 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed[a] among the gentiles because of you.”

25 Circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 So, if the uncircumcised keep the requirements of the law, will not their uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then the physically uncircumcised person who keeps the law will judge you who, though having the written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law. 28 For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something external and physical. 29 Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not the written code. Such a person receives praise not from humans but from God.

Eventide Lesson

The goal of the legalist

“Many Jews relied on knowing the law for their righteousness, when in fact they did not obey it (vv. 17-24). Knowing the law does not make one a guide to the blind (v. 19); it is keeping the spirit and heart of the law that makes one a guide to others.” [8]

“Circumcision (vv. 25-27) is an outward sign of the law, valuable only when accompanied by interior conversion and love for God. Those who are uncircumcised but virtuous will judge the circumcised.” [9]

“The name Jew comes from ‘Judah,’ which means ‘the Lord be praised.’ A true Jew (v. 29) is one who seeks praise . . . not from men but from God. The goal of the legalist is to have praise from men; the goal of the spiritual person is to please God.” [10]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

I won’t fret and I won’t worry,

Instead, I’ll hurry to pray,

I’ll turn my problems into petitions,

And lift my hands in praise.

I’ll say goodbye to all my fears,

His presence sets me free,

Although I may not understand,

I feel God’s peace in me. 

Amen. [11]


Citations:

[1] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 25). New York, NY: Image Books.

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 264). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 48). New York, NY: Image Books.

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

[5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Isaiah. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 6557). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[6] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 109). New York, NY: Image Books.

[7] Stratman, P. (2001). For Guidance and Enlightenment. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 58). Crossway.

[8] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Romans. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1553). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Ibid. 8

[10] Ibid. 8

[11] Five bedtime prayer for kids, retrieved at: https://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/five-bedtime-prayer-for-kids/60214.htm

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