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

Devotion for Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

Fifth Sunday of Easter

An Invitation to Prayer

It is the springtime of our souls
since Christ is risen from the dead.
—As he dispels the dark winter of sin,
let us sing to him, alleluia!

Psalm 121/122

I was delighted with those who said to me,
let us go to the House of the Lord.
Our feet stood in your courts, O Jerusalem!
Jerusalem, built to be a city shared together!

The tribes ascended to it,
the tribes of the Lord—
the tribes of the Lord from an decree for Israel,
to acclaim the name of the Lord.

The seats of judgment are there,
yes, the seats for the House of David.

Pray for what concerns the peace of Jerusalem,
abundance for those who love you.
Let there be peace from your power,
and abundance in your strongholds.

For the sake of my brethren and my neighbors,
I will surely speak up for your peace.
For the sake of the House of the Lord our God,
I sought what is good for you.

From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 21

How we should behave at sitting down to a meal.

It is a precept laid down by the Lord, who constantly leads us to humility, that we should take the lowest place at the table. Anyone trying to act according to the rule must not ignore this. If any worldly person should happen to sit down with us, we should set an example by not trying to position ourselves above others, and certainly not take the first place. But when all those gathered are seeking the same goal—each one, at every opportunity—should demonstrate his humility by taking the lowest place, as the Lord commanded. To engage in rivalry and strife in this matter would be most unseemly because it disrupts good order and causes commotion. Moreover, if we are not willing to defer to each other and conflict arises from that, we will be counted with those seeking the first place. In this matter, prudently aware of how we should behave and attentive to it, we should leave the seating arrangements to one appointed for that purpose. In this way we shall support each other in charity, doing everything decently and in an orderly fashion.

A Prayer

O God, each of us should rejoice in the aftermath of that mot blessed day when you Son rose from the dead. May this glad season be a time in which we find full relief from guilt and regret. Although sinners, we hope for full and complete pardon as the amnesty brought by the resurrection, for if the condemned thief found Paradise on the neighboring cross, how much more dare we hope for in striving to live by your law. Do not disappoint us, although we have disappointed you. Amen.