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

Devotion for Monday, May 17, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

An Invitation to Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest
and in our hearts take up your rest;
—come with your grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which you have made.

Psalm 138/139:2-6

O Lord, you have examined me and you know me,
you know when I sit down and when I get up,
you know my thoughts from a distance.
You have tracked my movements and my rest,
and anticipated all my travels.

There was no suggestion of injustice on my lips.
Look, you know all things, O Lord, the first and the last!
You fashioned me and laid you hand upon me.
Your knowledge is amazing to me,
so formidable that I cannot comprehend it.

From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 15

Our return to Paradise is effected by the Holy Spirit, our ascension to the Kingdom of Heaven, our return as God’s adopted children, our right to call God our Father, our inheriting of the grace of Christ, our title as Children of Light, our partaking in eternal glory and—to sum it up in a word—our being brought into a state of boundless happiness, both in this world and in the world to come; the happiness of all the good gifts that are in store for us, promised to us, effected by faith, as well as seeing the reflection of their grace as though they have already been handed on to us while we await their full enjoyment. If this is the down-payment, what will the complete sum be like?

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, before this sacred season began we remembered that the Spirit impelled you out into the desert after your baptism where you remained for forty days in prayer and fasting. May that same Holy Spirit now impel us to shoulder the cross and follow you faithfully and patiently, and that your gift of longsuffering may enable us to fulfill our baptism and arrive in the kingdom of your Father. Amen.