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

Devotion for Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Accept our change of heart, O Lord of goodness,
and rescue us from the traps of the enemy.
—So that we may faithfully and lovingly praise
your divine sovereignty.

Psalm 101/102:23-28

From his position of strength he answers (my) query.
Tell me the limit of my days,
do not take me in the middle of my life.
Your years span the generations.
In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the works of your hands.

They will disappear, but you shall remain.
They will all grow old like clothing
and, like clothes, you shall fold them up,
and they will be changed.
But you stay the same, and your years never end.

The children of your servants shall dwell in security,
and their offspring shall prosper forever.

A reading adapted from Basil’s Preface to the Long Rules

Since they who do not do their works according to the commandment of God (and not a single one may be overlooked safely since it is quite risky to make ourselves the judge of God and endorse some precepts but reject others), let us who are striving to live a devout life, a quiet one, free from worldly distractions, as a way to practice the Gospel’s lessons, let us resolve not to allow a single mandate to escape our watchfulness. If a godly person must be perfect, it is most important that he or she be made perfect through the observance of every mandate “in the measure of complete adulthood, the full stature of Christ.” Remember that an offering to be sacrificed, even if it is not impure, may not be offered if it is mutilated.

A Prayer

We have been warned, O God, that our enemy goes around like a hungry lion looking for someone to devour, and that we must take our stand against him, and that to do this we must be alert and vigilant. (I Peter 5:8 & 9) Increase in us the Holy Spirit so that we may recognize and discern the various elements in our lives, adhere to those that are noble and good, and turn our backs on those which are perverse and evil. As simple as that sounds, it is more difficult when everything around us is moving and changing, and our impressions are incomplete or prejudiced. Lead us, Lord Jesus, through this fray to victory! Amen.