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

Devotion for Friday, March 26, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

Lazarus is in the tomb for the third day

An invitation to Prayer

Get ready to receive your king, O Zion!
He approaches your gates to raise up Lazarus.
—And you, O company of dedicated people,
go out to meet him and sing,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Psalm 117/118:1-9

Acclaim the Lord, because he is good,
and his mercy is eternal.
Now let the House of Israel say that he is good
and his mercy is eternal.
Now let the House of Aaron say that he is good,
and his mercy is eternal.
Now let all who fear the Lord say that he is good,
and his mercy is eternal.

In my affliction I called to the Lord
and he heard me from a distance.
The Lord is my help,
I will not fear what a mortal can do to me.
The Lord is my help,
I will look down on my enemies.
It is better to trust in the Lord
then to trust in people.
It is better to hope in the Lord
than to hope in the leaders.

A reading adapted from Basil’s Long Rules, Question #7, cont.

If all who are united in the one hope of our calling are one body with Christ, our head, we are each other’s limbs. If we are not joined together by union in the Holy Spirit in the harmony of one body, but living alone, we could not serve the common good by doing it the way God wants it. We would be satisfying our own desires, gratifying ourselves. How could we, separated and divided, maintain the reality, and the mutual service, of being subordinated to our head, who is Christ? It is impossible to rejoice with one who is honored, or sympathize with one who is distressed, when—by being separated from each other—each person cannot be kept informed about the affairs of a neighbor. Beyond that, since no one is capable of receiving all the spiritual gifts (for the grace of the Spirit is apportioned in relation to the faith of each), when one is living in community with others, the grace given to one becomes the benefit of all.

A Prayer

O Christ, you willingly endured crucifixion for the raising of all humanity. You signed the royal charter of our liberation on that cross with the purple ink of your blood. Do not abandon us who remain in danger of being taken from you. Have mercy on us in your goodness. Amen.