This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Blessed are you in the Temple of your holy glory,
to be greatly hymned and highly glorified forever.
—Blessed are you who peer into the depths while sitting on Cherubim,
to be praised and highly exalted forever. (3 Dan 3:54)
O God, the gentiles invaded your heritage;
they profaned your Holy Temple.
They turned Jerusalem into a shack.
They made the corpses of your servants
food for the birds of the sky,
the flesh of your devotees
for the wild beasts of the earth.
They shed blood like water all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury the dead.
We became a laughing-stock to our neighbors,
derision and mockery for those all around us.
How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out your rage on the gentiles that do not know you,
on kingdoms that do not know your name.
They devoured Jacob,
and devastated his home.
From Basil’s Letters, #2, to Gregory Nazianzus
A moderate tone of voice is best, neither so low as to be inaudible, nor jarring from its high pitch. One should think first what one is going to say, and then give it voice. Be courteous when addressed, amiable in social interactions, not facetious in aiming to be pleasant, but cultivate gentleness when you need to criticize. Never be harsh, even in correcting. The more you show modesty and humility yourself, the more likely are you to be acceptable to the patient who needs your treatment. There are many occasions when we would do well to use the kind of rebuke employed by the prophet who did not pronounce the indictment on David after his sin directly, but by using an imaginary character made the sinner aware of his sin by himself, so that, after passing sentence on his own, he could not find fault with the prophet who had convicted him.
We see catastrophe in nature and in the relationships of people. We see the placid face of temperate weather and orderly routines devastated by horrendous storms that bring unexpected and terrible maiming and death. And then we see something frighteningly similar in human relations, when peoples and nations allow themselves to be sucked into war and civil unrest. Help me to keep myself peaceable, and then to contribute—as much as I can—toward a peaceful society and a peaceful nation. Amen.