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

Devotion for Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

An angel sat on the stone of your grave, O Christ,
and gave out the good news of your rising.
—Let all the nations of the world rejoice,
for you freed us from the grip of the enemy.

Psalm 94/95:5-11

Come, let us worship and bow low before him,
and weep before the Lord who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
the sheep of his hand.

Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as at Meribah,
on the day of provocation in the wilderness,
where your ancestors challenged me;
they tested me and saw my works.

For forty years I loathed that generation and said,
their hearts always go astray,
and they have never known my ways.
And so I swore in my anger,
shall they ever enter into my rest?

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 17

That laughter should be restrained.

Those who live a disciplined life should carefully avoid those intemperate actions that are commonly considered insignificant. Indulging in unrestrained and immoderate laughter is a symptom of intemperance, a lack of control over one’s emotions, and a failure to repress frivolity by the sober use of reason. It is not unbecoming, however, to give evidence of being a joyous soul by a cheerful smile, if only to illustrate what Scripture says, “A glad heart makes for a cheerful face.” [Prov. 15:13] But raucous laughter and uncontrolled gyrations of the body are not indications of a well ordered soul, nor of personal dignity, nor of self-mastery.

A Prayer

When you descended into death, O Immortal One, you destroyed the abyss with the radiance of your divinity. And when you raised the dead from the bowels of the underworld, all the forces of heaven acclaimed your glory. Glory to you, O Christ our God, the source of life! Glory to you! Amen.