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

Devotion for Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

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Holy Saturday

An Invitation to Prayer

Christ Jesus lies in death’s strong bands,
for our offences given.
—So let us keep this solemn watch
and purge out all old leaven. [I Cor. 5:7]

Psalm 80/81

God stands in the assembly of the gods
—among the gods, to judge them.

How long will you judge unjustly,
deferring to the celebrity of sinners?
Judge for the orphan and the widow,
do justice for the lowly and the needy.
Deliver the needy
and free the poor from the hands of the sinner.

They do not know; they do not understand;
they are lost in darkness.
All the foundations of the earth will be shaken.
I said, you are gods, all children of the Most High,
but you will die like mortals,
falling like any other ruler.

Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
for you will inherit all the nations!

From St. Basil’s Eucharistic Prayer

He gave himself to death as a ransom, for it had held us captive as the price of sin. Descending into the Underworld through the cross to fill everything with himself, he assuaged the pain of death and rose again on the third day, blazing the trail for all flesh to rise from the dead. It was not possible that the source of life should be held by corruption. Also, that he might be the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep, the first born of the dead, and that he might be first in everything.

A Prayer

Today the one who holds all creation in his hand is held in a tomb.
The one who covers the skies with beauty is covered by a stone.
Life has fallen asleep!
The Underworld is frightened as Adam slips his chains.
Glory to your work of salvation, O Christ,
after which you took a Sabbath rest unending
and obtained for us the gift of your holy resurrection. Amen.

Then This

Blessed be the memory of Joseph of Arimathea!
He went to Pilate as darkness came
to beg for the one who is our Life and said,
Give me the body of this pilgrim
who has no place to lay his head.
Give me the body of my Lord and Master,
who was betrayed by a false disciple.
Give me the body of an only Son
whose mother saw him on the cross
and wailed as any mother would.
We worship your passion, O Christ!
We worship your passion and we adore your holy resurrection!
May we live by its light and walk in its path. Amen.