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

Devotion for Friday, March 12, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

May we find greater light in our souls by this Lent,
so that we may contemplate your cross in joy, O Christ.
—Through it you heal the wounds of our hearts,
and so we shall bless and praise you forever.

Psalm 59/60:1-5

O God, you have abandoned us and torn us down,
you have been angry, but pity us.
You have shaken the earth and caused panic;
heal its fissures, it quakes still.
You have shown your people difficult things,
you have made us drink the wine that confuses.

You give a signal to those who fear you
so that they might flee from the bow.
Hear me and save with your right hand;
rescue those who love you.

A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #4

On fear of God.

For those who are new to this way of piety, the basic discipline that is acquired through fear is more profitable, just as Solomon, the wisest of all, says. “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” But those of you who have outgrown your infancy in Christ, and no longer require milk, can be nourished interiorly by the solid food of doctrine, loftier precepts whereby the whole truth of love for Christ is brought to maturity. But be careful, lest your spiritual advancement make you liable to a more severe judgment if you do not show proper gratitude to your Benefactor, who says, “From the one to whom much has been given, much more will be expected.”

A Prayer

O Lord Jesus, who triumphed on the cross over the deceit of the serpent, rescue my soul which has been led astray by sin. Purify me in the remaining time of Lent that I may come again to the solemn anniversary of your saving passion with keener insight and deeper love. Amen.