This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, April 2, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
At noon on the sixth day you fastened to the cross
the wrong that Adam dared in Paradise.
—Destroy the record of our sins as well, O Christ,
and save us!
Psalm 21/22:1-2, 6-19
My God! My God, pay attention to me;
why have you abandoned me?
The list of my offences is far from saving me.
I cry out to you by day, O God, but you will not listen,
and by night, and it is not foolish to me.
I am a worm and not human,
the disgrace of the people and the scorn of the crowd.
All who saw me mocked me,
they pursed their lips and wagged their heads, saying,
“He trusted in the Lord to rescue him,
let him save him if he wants him.”
Do not stand afar from me,
affliction is near and no helper at hand.
Many bulls surround me,
big bulls hem me in.
They open their mouths at me
like a ravenous, roaring lion.
I was poured out like water
and all my bones were wrenched.
My heart became like wax melting in my chest,
my strength dried up like a potsherd.
and my tongue sticks in my throat.
You have brought me down to the dust of death.
So many dogs surround me,
the company of evil doers encircles me.
They have dug in my hands and my feet,
counting all my bones.
They stared and watched me.
They divided my clothing among themselves,
throwing dice for my robe.
O Lord, do not keep help for me at a distance;
pay attention to support me.
From St. Basil’s Eucharistic Prayer
When the time was ripe, you spoke to us through your Son himself. He did not think it cheating to cling to his equality with you, the God and Father, and—although he was eternal God—he appeared on the earth and lived with us, taking flesh from a holy virgin and impoverishing himself, taking on the role of a servant, conforming to our lowly body that he might conform us to the picture of his glory… having won us to be his chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. And having purified us by water, and sanctifying us by the Holy Spirit, he gave himself to death as a ransom.
You accomplished our salvation here among us, O Christ, outside the walls of the Holy City where we, as an Order, found you in a deeper and more compelling way. And by stretching out your spotless arms upon the cross, you embraced all the peoples of the earth, showing us an example to follow that in due time all may join to praise you with this anthem, “Christ has conquered, Christ reigns, Christ will return to us!” Amen.