This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, May 22, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
And on us your living grace bestow,
for Father, Son and you to know.
—To worship you, the Blessed Trinity,
and in Paradise forever be.
O God, come to my assistance,
let those who seek my life be embarrassed and ashamed.
Let those who want to hurt me be repelled and disgraced.
Let those who say to me, Aha! Aha!
be turned back quickly and humiliated.
Let all who seek you be glad and rejoice in you.
Let all who love your redemption repeat, Glorify God!
But I am destitute and in need,
help me, O God.
You are my help and my savior,
do not delay, O Lord.
From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 9
Let us now investigate our common conceptions about the Spirit, along with those we have gathered from the Holy Scriptures, and those ideas proposed by the ancient Fathers in oral tradition. To begin with, whose soul is not moved, elevated, when hearing the titles of the Holy Spirit? Who does not think of the supreme nature? For it is called “Spirit of God,” “Spirit of truth which proceeds from the Father,” “right Spirit,” “guiding Spirit.” It’s proper and particular title is “Holy Spirit,” which is a name especially appropriate to everything that is incorporeal, absoltely immaterial, and indivisible. So Our Lord said to the (Samaritan) woman (who thought God to be an object of local worship) “God is spirit,” because the incorporeal is incomprehensible. So when we hear “spirit” it is impossible to conceive of a circumscribed nature subject to change and variation, or in any way like a creature.
Most adorable Spirit, how many your gifts, how many your purposes! But there is a time for everything under heaven. Grant that your presence in me will produce the fruit of self-control, a precious gift that directs the various acts of my life to worthy purposes, so that I will know how to bridle some aspects of my personality when it would be advantageous, and when to give free expression when it would be useful, to weep with those who mourn and to laugh with those who celebrate, and always to share what I might have so that I may become, as much as possible, all things to all people. Amen.