This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, April 7, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
You descended into the realm of death, O Christ,
and smashed the ancient chains that held us captive.
—But you arose from the tomb on the third day,
like Jonah coming from the whale!
The chariots of God are myriad,
thousands at the ready.
The Lord is among them,
on Zion in his sanctuary.
You have ascended on high,
taking captivity captive,
receiving people as gifts,
even if they would not settle there.
Blessed be the Lord God;
blessed be the Lord day after day.
The God of our salvation shall prosper us.
Our God is the God who saves,
and the Lord knows the way out from death.
But God will break the heads of his enemies,
the scalps of those who persist in their depravity.
The Lord said, I will bring (them) again from Bashan
I will bring them from the depths of the sea,
so that your foot will be bathed with blood
and the tongue of your dogs with that of your enemies.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 7
On the necessity of comradeship.
It is dangerous to live in the company of those who pay scant attention to the commandments of God. So, should we live a solitary life or should we associate with like-minded people who share the same goal of the devout life?
I believe that a life shared with a number of people together is more advantageous in many respects. The first reason is that no one of us is self-sufficient with regard to basic necessities but that we depend on others to meet these needs. The foot can do things another part of the body cannot, but lacks other abilities and—without the cooperation of the others—the body as a whole finds itself incapable of carrying on for any length of time. In the same way, in a solitary life things readily at hand may be as good as useless to us and what we need may not be easily available because the Creator made us in such a way as to need help from each other.
O my God and Savior, you offered yourself willingly as a living sacrifice never consumed. You offered yourself to the Father, then rose from the tomb, taking our ancient father Adam with you. Glory to you! Amen! Alleluia!