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

Devotion for Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

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Lazarus Saturday

Jesus arrives to find Lazarus in his tomb
and calls him back to life.

An Invitation to Prayer

You confirmed the resurrection of the dead, O Christ,
by raising Lazarus out of the tomb after four days.
—Allow us to receive the palms of victory and cry to you,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Psalm 117/118:10-18

All the nations surrounded me.
In the name of the Lord I repulsed the.
They encircled me to hem me in.
In the name of the Lord I repulsed them.
They swarmed around me like bees on a honeycomb,
blazing like fire in brambles.
In the name of the Lord I repulsed them.

They shoved me around, and I was knocked off balance
and almost fell, but the Lord supported me.
The Lord is my strength and the object of my song
and he has become my salvation.

The sound of gladness and salvation in the tents of the just:
the right hand of the Lord proved mighty,
the right hand of the Lord exalted me.
The right hand of the Lord proved mighty.

I shall not die, but live,
and proclaim the works of the Lord.
The Lord disciplined and disciplined me,
but did not hand me over to death.

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

The gift of wisdom may be given to one, a gift of knowledge to another, faith to another, prophecy to another, healing to another, and so on. Anyone who possesses any of these gifts does not have it for strictly personal use, but for the sake of others, so that living in community enables the work of the Spirit in one person to be available simultaneously to the others. Now, the one who lives alone, who may have only one gift, renders it useless by not exercising it. It remains buried within him. You all know how dangerous this is from your own reading of the Gospel. On the other hand, when several people live together, each may enjoy his or her own special gift and also enhance it by sharing it with the others. Simultaneously, one individual reaps benefits from the gifts of others just as if they were their own.

Prayers

You affirmed the resurrection of the dead before your own death, Lord Jesus, by raising Lazarus from the grave. The underworld began to tremble as you approached the tomb of your friend, and the bolts of its gates began to break. Let us take up our palms as signs of our faith in your victory over sin and death and praise your sovereign majesty. Amen.

O God, who has chosen us to be an Order of Knights under the blessed protection of Saint Lazarus, grant that we—in full devotion to You, and abounding in neighborly charity—may show ourselves invincible against the enemies of the Cross, remaining faithful unto death, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.