This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

Spy Wednesday

An Invitation to Prayer

God forbid that we ever turn traitor,
and hand over what is holy to the dogs;
—lest they turn and tear into us,
and we hang ourselves like Judas.

Psalm 135/136:17-26

Recognize…
the one who struck down great kings,
for his mercy is eternal;
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for his mercy is eternal;
and Og, king of Bashan,
for his mercy is eternal,
and gave their land as an inheritance,
for his mercy is eternal,
and inheritance for Israel, his servant,
for his mercy is eternal.

For the Lord remembered us in our lowliness,
for his mercy is eternal;
and freed us from our enemies,
for his mercy is eternal;
who gives sustenance to all flesh,
for his mercy is eternal;

Acknowledge the God of heaven,
for hi mercy is eternal!

From St. Basil’s Eucharistic Prayer

O gracious Lord, you never abandoned the creatures you fashioned. You did not turn your back on the work of your hands. In your gentle-hearted mercy you visited your people in many ways. You sent prophets and spoke to us through the mouths of these servants of yours, foretelling the redemption still ahead. You worked marvels through your holy people who pleased you in every generation. You gave the Law to help us, and angels to guard us. And when the time was ripe, you spoke to us yourself through the mouth of your Son, through whom you had created the ages. He is the splendor of your glory, and the perfect image of your person. He upholds all things by his powerful word. He did not think it necessary to cling to his equality with you, O God and Father, but—even though eternal God—he appeared on earth and lived among us, taking flesh from a holy Virgin, emptying himself and assuming the image of our lowly body so that he might raise us to the likeness of the image if his glory.

A Prayer

Let us never take a bride in any form to betray you, O Jesus, never to obtain a position or an advantage by doing something that is contrary to your law of love. And let us never pay a bribe to induce someone else to do what is repugnant to you, or evil in your eyes. May we always be your faithful servants, ready to put up with any privation that may be required of us, and pay any price that may be asked of us, for the sake of building your kingdom. Amen.