This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, April 9, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Come, all you faithful,
and let us bow to the holy resurrection of Christ.
—Since, through the cross, joy has flooded the whole world,
let us praise and glorify his holy resurrection.
Rebuke the wild animals in the marshes,
the bulls among the heifers of the peoples;
and do not ignore those offering silver.
Disperse the nations that want war.
Ambassadors will come from Egypt,
Ethiopia will stretch out its hands to you.
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,
Make music to God,
who travels to the dawn on the heavens of heaven.
Look, he will raise his voice in a mighty sound.
Give glory to God,
his magnificence is over Israel,
and his power reaches to the clouds.
God is wonderful in his sacred precincts, the God of Israel.
He will give power and strength to his people,
blessed be God!
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 7, cont.
If all who are united in the one hope of our calling are one body with Christ, our head, we are thereby the limbs of each other. If we are not joined together by union in the Holy Spirit in the harmony of one body, but living alone, we could not benefit the common good in serving in the way God wants it. We would be satisfying our own desires, gratifying ourselves. How could we, separated and divided, maintain the reality, and the mutual service, of being subordinated to our head, who is Christ? It is impossible to rejoice with one who is honored, or sympathize with one who is distressed when—by being separated from each other—each person cannot be kept informed about the affairs of a neighbor. Beyond that, since no one is capable of receiving all the spiritual gifts (for the grace of the Spirit is portioned out in relation to the faith of each), when one is living in community with others, the grace given to one becomes the benefit of all.
We celebrate your victory over death, O Lord, the destruction of the dark abyss and the birth of a new and eternal life. We praise you, the author of all things, the only blessed God of our ancestors, because you are truly worthy of our unbounded praise! Amen! Alleluia!