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

Devotion for Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

The Sunday after Ascension

An Invitation to Prayer

All pathways by His feet are worn.
His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea,
—His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,
His cross is every tree. A poem by Joseph M. Plunkett

Psalm 92/93

The Lord reigns!
He has robed himself in beauty;
the Lord has vested himself, girded with power.

For he has established the world,
so as not to be shaken.
From then on your throne is set,
and you are eternal.

The rivers rise, O Lord—
the rivers have raised their voices.
How awesome the billows of the sea
with the sound of crashing waters.

The Lord on high is awesome!
Your declarations are proven true.
Holiness befits your house, O Lord,
for days on end.

From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 15

The rite of the great sacrament of baptism is performed with three immersions and three invocations so as to completely configure the image of a dying, and so that those being baptized may have their souls enlightened through the handing on of the knowledge of the divine. It follows that if there is any grace in the water, it is not from the nature of water but from the presence of the Holy Spirit. For baptism is “not the removal of physical stains, but the response of a good conscience to God.” So in training us for the life that follows the resurrection, the Lord sets out our way of life in the Gospels, mandating a way of gentleness, patience under opposition, liberation from the defilements that arise from a love of pleasure and from jealousy, in order to strengthen our resolve and to achieve ahead of time all that is inherent in the nature of the life to come.

A Prayer

Most Holy Spirit, sow the seeds of peace in our hearts. May this ineffable fruit of your presence accompany all the others and direct them to this universal longing of the good heart, to live at peace with myself and others, to draw all people into the environment of peace with each other, and to promote those things which provide for the common good and the peace of the world. Amen.