This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
You did not prevent the sealing of your tomb, O Christ,
—and by your resurrection you granted us the rock of fidelity!
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord,
let us joyfully acclaim God our Savior.
Let us enter his presence with thanksgiving,
and joyful acclaim him in song.
For the Lord is a great God,
a great king over all the gods,
for the Lord will not cast off his people.
For the ends of the earth are in his hands,
and the heights of the mountains are his.
For the sea is his, since he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands formed.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 14
On those who attempt to repudiate their commitment.
Surely anyone who has been admitted to the order and then retracts the promise should be looked upon as a sinner against God, in whose presence that pledge was made. If a person consecrates himself to God and turns aside to a different way of life, he is guilty of sacrilege because he has stolen himself, an offering given to God. The order is justified in having nothing more to do with that person since the apostolic rule [2 Thes. 3:14] says that we are to avoid every disorderly and undisciplined individual.
Good and faithful women went to your tomb prepared to embalm your body, O Christ, only to be commissioned to bring the good news of your rising to your apostles who did not believe them. These women should be an inspiration and model for us, that we should be patient when even those who should know better display skepticism of our motives and our message. Grant us fresh determination to be always ready to proclaim the Word, in season and out of season. Amen.