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

Devotion for Monday, April 12, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Christ loved us,
and shed his blood to save us.
—Let us give him thanks and praise!

Psalm 113 (115:9-18)

The House of Israel trusts in the Lord—
he is their helper and protector.
The House of Aaron trusts in the Lord—
he is their helper and protector.
Those that fear the Lord trust in him—
he is their helper and protector.
The Lord has remembered us and blessed us.
He has blessed the House of Israel,
he has blessed the House of Aaron.
He has blessed those who fear the Lord—
small and great alike.

May the Lord give you increase—
you and your children.
Blessed are you who belong to the Lord,
to the one who made heaven and earth.
The heaven of the heavens belongs to the Lord,
but the earth he has given to the human race.
The dead will not praise you, Lord,
nor any who go down into the Underworld.
But we, the living, will bless the Lord
from now on and forever.

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 8, cont.

Such an individual regards as his true parents those who have given him new birth through the Gospel, and looks upon those who have received the same spirit of adoption as his true brothers and sister, and will regard all possessions as things that do not belong to him; and, indeed, they so not. In short, he is to be crucified to the world just as the whole world is to be crucified to him for the sake of Christ [Gal. 6:14], and he can have no part in worldly concerns. Our Lord Jesus Christ described this self-disregard of one’s life most vividly when he said, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown his “self,” pick up the cross (and then added) and follow me.” And again, “If anyone come to me without hating his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters—yes, and even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.” And so perfect renunciation consists in not having an affection for this life and keeping before our minds “the sentence of death so that we do not trust in ourselves.” [II Cor. 1:9]

A Prayer

Almighty God, knowing that Christ is the paschal lamb that was sacrificed for us should make us regard the moment of his immolation as the true beginning of our real life. Christ’s immolation on our behalf takes place when we become aware of this grace and understand the life conferred on us by this sacrifice. May your Spirit open the deepest reaches of our hearts and minds to become fully aware of this and understand it as much as human beings can. Amen.