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

Devotion for Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

Holy Tuesday

An Invitation to Prayer

When we hear of wars, and the rumors of war,
do not let our hearts troubled.
—Keep our hearts open to the sound of your voice
that we may learn your wisdom! [Cf. Luke 21:9 &14]

Psalm 135/136:10-16

Recognize…
the one who struck Egypt with their first-born,
for his mercy is eternal;
who led Israel out from among them,
for his mercy is eternal,
with a strong hand and a raised arm,
for his mercy is eternal;
the one who divided the Red Sea in two,
for his mercy is eternal;
and led Israel through the breach,
for his mercy is eternal;
and repaid Pharaoh and his forces in the Red Sea,
for his mercy is eternal;
the one who led his people through the desert,
for his mercy is eternal;
[the one who brought water out of a cloven rock,
for his mercy is eternal.]

From St. Basil’s Eucharistic Prayer

You are holy in all your works, for you brought about everything for us in righteousness and discretion. You formed humanity—all men and women—from the clay of the earth and honored them with your own image, O God. You placed them in the Garden of Paradise, promising them immortality and the enjoyment of eternal blessings if they would keep your commandments. But—tricked by the serpent—they disobeyed you, the true God who had created them, and became subject to death because of their offence. In your fair judgment, O God, you expelled them from Paradise out into this world, returning them to the earth from which they had been taken. You provided them with salvation by way of being born again in your Christ.

A Prayer

Gracious Lord Jesus, we know that we cannot adequately acknowledge all your goodness and a love so compelling that you became human without harm to your divinity in order that we might come to share your eternal treasures. Grant that as we pass through this most holy week we shall see more clearly into the mystery that is you: a reality without boundaries that we can never fully plumb, nor fully appreciate. Amen. [Cf. Eph. 1:8 & ff and 3:4 & ff.]