June 17, 2022 Devotional

June 17, 2022
Ordinary Time

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

“Where No One Stands Alone”

Morning Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen. [1]

We praise thee, O God; 

We acknowledge thee to be the Lord. 

All the earth doth worship thee, 

To thee all the powers of heaven cry aloud. 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, 

Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. 

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

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your Name give glory;* because of your love and because of your faithfulness. 

  • Psalm 115:1

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.

Glory to the Father, who has woven garments of glory for the resurrection; worship to the Son, who was clothed in them at his rising; thanksgiving to the Spirit, who keeps them for all the Saints; one nature in three, to him be praise. 

  • Syrian Orthodox [3]

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons, but one God, enlighten our hearts and minds, make us steadfast in the true faith, equip us for good works, and bring us to life eternal; through your mercy, O our God, you are blessed, and live and govern all things, now and forever. Amen. 

  • The New Mozarabic Collects, Holy Trinity, #52 [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

In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice. 

  • Psalm 55:18

Midday Reading

Isaiah 57:1-13, The righteous perish and no one cares

57 

The righteous perish,

    and no one considers why;

the devout are taken away,

    while no one understands

    that it is due to evil that the righteous are taken away.

Those who walk uprightly enter into peace

    and rest on their couches.

But as for you, come here,

    you children of a sorceress,

    you offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.[a]

Whom are you mocking?

    Against whom do you open your mouth wide

    and stick out your tongue?

Are you not children of transgression,

    the offspring of deceit—

you who burn with lust among the oaks,

    under every green tree;

you who slaughter your children in the valleys,

    under the clefts of the rocks?

Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion;

    it is they who are your lot;

to them you have poured out a drink offering;

    you have brought a grain offering.

    Should these acts cause me to relent?

Upon a high and lofty mountain

    you have set your bed,

    and there you went up to offer sacrifice.

Behind the door and the doorpost

    you have set up your symbol,

for in deserting me[b] you have uncovered your bed;

    you have gone up to it;

    you have made it wide;

and you have made a bargain for yourself with them;

    you have loved their bed;

    you have gazed on their nakedness.[c]

You journeyed to Molech[d] with oil

    and multiplied your perfumes;

you sent your envoys far away

    and sent them down to Sheol.

10 

You grew weary from your many wanderings,

    but you did not say, “It is no use!”

You found your desire rekindled,

    and so you did not weaken.

11 

Whom did you dread and fear

    so that you lied

and did not remember me

    or give me a thought?

Have I not kept silent and closed my eyes,[e]

    and so you do not fear me?

12 

I will announce your verdict,

    and the objects you made will not help you.

13 

When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you!

    The wind will carry them off;

    a breath will take them away.

But whoever takes refuge in me shall possess the land

    and inherit my holy mountain.

Midday Lesson

Israel’s Futile Idolatry

“Marriage is an exclusive relationship in which a man and a woman become one. Adultery breaks this beautiful bond of unity. When the people turned from God and gave their love to idols, God said they were committing spiritual adultery—breaking their exclusive commitment to God. How could people give their love to worthless wood and stone idols instead of to the God who made them and loved them so very much?” [5]

“God says that he will expose their good deeds for what they really were—mere pretensions of doing good. Isaiah warned these people that their good deeds would not save them any more than their weak, worthless idols. We cannot gain our salvation through good works because our sins exclude us from God’s presence. Salvation is a gift from God, received only through faith in Christ, not because of good works (Eph 2:8-9).” [6]

Eventide Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Give me courage to resist, patience to endure, constancy to persevere. Grant, in place of all consolations of the world, the most sweet unction of Thy Spirit, and in place of carnal love, pour into me the love of Thy Name. 

  • Thomas à Kempis [7]

It is truly good, right and salutary for us to give thanks to you always and everywhere, holy Lord, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord; with your only Son and the Holy Spirit you are one immortal God, incorruptible and unchangeable God, invisible and faithful God, wonderful and praiseworthy God, honorable and mighty God, most high and magnificent God, living and true God, wise and powerful God, holy and glorious God, great and good God, awesome and peaceful God, beautiful and righteous God, pure and benevolent God, blessed and just God, pious and holy God, not one singular person, but one Trinity of substance. We believe you. We bless you. We adore you. We praise your name forever and ever through him who is the salvation of the world, through him who is the life of humanity, through him who is the resurrection of the dead. Through him the angels praise your majesty, the dominions adore, the powers of the highest heaven tremble, the virtues of the blessed seraphim rejoice together. Amen. [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

Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad;* let those who love your salvation continually say, “Great is the LORD!” Though I am poor and afflicted,* the LORD will have regard for me. You are my helper and my deliverer;* do not tarry, O my God. 

  • Psalm 40:17f

Eventide Reading

Galatians 3:15-22, The purpose of the law

15 Brothers and sisters, I give an example from daily life: once a person’s will[a] has been ratified, no one adds to it or annuls it. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring;[b] it does not say, “And to offsprings,”[c] as of many, but it says, “And to your offspring,”[d] that is, to one person, who is Christ. 17 My point is this: the law, which came four hundred thirty years later, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18 For if the inheritance comes from the law, it no longer comes from the promise, but God granted it to Abraham through the promise.

19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring[e] would come to whom the promise had been made, and it was ordained through angels by a mediator. 20 Now a mediator involves more than one party, but God is one.

21 Is the law then opposed to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could make alive, then righteousness would indeed come through the law. 22 But the scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin, so that what was promised through the faith of Jesus Christ[f] might be given to those who believe.

Eventide Lesson

“Why then the law?”

“The Jews were blinded by the multitude of details of the law. They failed to see that their sonship was founded on God’s promises (the covenant) made to Abraham (v. 16). Since a covenant that was confirmed (v. 17) cannot be added to, changed, or annulled, the law, which comes later (v. 17), cannot alter the covenant’s promise (v. 15). The Jews thought they were sons of Abraham (seeds) through physical genealogy. They overlooked the fact that Seed (v. 16) is singular, referring to Christ.” [9]

“Why was the law given then (v. 19)? Because Israel was transgressing what they knew of God’s law through conscience and nature. So God put it in writing! The law was never a savior, but a tutor (v. 24) to convict Israel of transgressions and to lead her to Christ.” [10]

“For Christ to be the mediator (v. 20) between God and man (see also 1Ti 2:5), He had to be both God and man. God is one is a reference to the one divine nature and does not deny the existence of three divine Persons. (Priests, by the way, are not seen as mediators between God and man; their role is to lead people to the Mediator.)” [11]

“Faith in (v. 22) should be translated ‘faith of.’ Two faiths are cooperating: first and foremost, Christ’s faith; secondarily, the faith of those who believe. While OT people had faith, they could not participate in Christ’s faith, for Christ had not yet come.” [12]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me:

Bless Thy little child tonight;

Through the darkness be Thou near me,

Keep me safe till morning light.

All this day Thy hand has led me,

And I thank Thee for Thy care;

Thou hast warmed me, clothed me, fed me,

Listen to my evening prayer.

May my sins be all forgiven,

Bless the friends I love so well;

Take me, Lord, at last to heaven,

Happy there with Thee to dwell.

Amen. [13]

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace. Amen.

Citations:

[1] Episcopal Church. (1979). Ministration to the Sick. 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. 461). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 265). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 68). New York, NY: Image Books.

[4] Stratman, P. (2001). Pentecost. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 8o). Crossway.

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

[6] Ibid. 5

[7] Tickle, P. (2000). June. In The divine hours: Prayers for Summertime (Kindle ed., vol. 2, p. 101). New York, NY: Image Books.

[8] Stratman, P. (2001). The Divine Service. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 63). Crossway.

[9] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Galatians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1623). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Ibid. 9

[11] Ibid. 9

[12] Ibid. 9

[13] Prayer from the hymn, “Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me,” retrieved at: https://hymnary.org/text/jesus_tender_shepherd_hear_me

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