This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Sunday, May 23, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Thus says the Lord,
“I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and daughters will prophesy.”
—“Your elders will dream dreams
and your young people will see visions!”
Happy are the blameless on the way,
who walk by the law of the Lord.
Happy are those who study his testimonies,
they will seek him wholeheartedly.
Those who do wrong have not walked in his ways.
You ordered your commandments to be kept diligently.
Would that my ways be directed to keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be shamed as I respect your injunctions.
I will acknowledge you with an upright heart
as I learn your just rules.
I will keep your precepts, do not abandon me!
A Reading from Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 9
(When meditating on the Holy Spirit) We are compelled to think in a more lofty way, to envision a totally rational essence, infinite in power, present everywhere at once, unlimited in time and space, profligate in its benevolence, to whom all things turn for sanctification, to whom all seeking virtue reach, from whom all looking for inspiration are watered and assisted on to their natural and specific destiny, perfecting all other things but lacking nothing itself, living but never needing restoration, the source of life that never grows by increasing, but eternally complete, existing on its own, always at hand, the source of holiness, a light perceptible to the mind—supplying illumination, as it were, to every faculty in the search.
Advocate, and Spirit of Truth,
everywhere present and filling all things,
Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life,
come to us anew and abide in us.
Cleanse us of every stain,
and save our souls, O Gracious One.
The Christian feast of Pentecost fulfills the second of the three “pilgrim feasts” required by the Law of Moses, the Feast of Weeks, originally the barley harvest which came fifty days after Passover. In Jewish tradition this became associated with the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. Some think Psalm 118/119 was written for the Jewish liturgy of Pentecost, or for the last day of the Feast of Booths in the autumn, the day known as Rejoicing with the Torah.