Devotion for Thursday, April 1, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
At your supper with your disciples, O Lord,
you showed them your self-sacrifice in a mystical manner.
—It delivers us from the grave and corruption,
and so we praise your divine plan of salvation.
Blessed is the one who is aware of the poor and the needy,
the Lord will save him on a day of trouble.
May the Lord guard him and sustain him,
and make him happy on earth,
and not put him in his enemies’ hands.
May the Lord help him on his sickbed,
to change his bed and heal his weakness.
My enemies say bad things about me,
“When will he die and his name be wiped out?”
And if one hurries to me, it is for no good purpose.
He speaks with lawlessness in his heart,
then he leaves and talks about me in the same way.
All my enemies are whispering about me,
and they are planning to hurt me.
They invent lies to slander me, saying,
“Now that he is laid low, will he ever get up?”
Even the friend that I trusted, who ate my bread,
lifted his heel to kick me.
But you, O Lord, have mercy on me and raise me up
and I will repay them.
This is how I know that you want me—
that my enemies will not win over me,
but that you supported me because of my innocence
and that you will place me before you forever.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
for ages of ages. Amen! Amen!
From St. Basil’s Eucharistic Prayer
Christ left us these memorials of his saving passion which we have set out by his command. For, about to go to his voluntary and ever memorable and vivifying death, on the night when he surrendered himself for the life of the world, he took bread into his holy and immaculate hands and presented it to you, his God and Father. He gave thanks, then blessed and sanctified it, and gave it to his holy apostles and disciples, saying, “Take and eat. This is my body which is broken for you for the remission of sin.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup of wine, and mixed it with water. He gave thanks, then blessed and hallowed it and gave it to his holy apostles and disciples saying, “Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for the community for the remission of sins.” Do this as my memorial. As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim my death and confess my resurrection. And so, Master, remembering his saving passion and life-giving cross, his three days in the tomb and his resurrection from the dead, his ascension into heaven and his sitting at your right hand, O God and Father, as well as his awesome second coming, we offer you your own from what is yours, on behalf of all and for all.
Permit me to approach your table with the deepest reverence, O Christ,
to share in the Bread of your Body with a heart made clean. Let me remember how you washed our feet then, and in every baptism since then, and told us to imitate you in this service so humble and so noble. Let us not turn an ear made deaf by self-centered greed and the grief of pride offended, as Judas did. Sinful as I am, keep me always at your side and at your table. Amen.