This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, May 29, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
“The Lord will wash away the filth of the children of Zion,
and purify them from blood
by the Spirit of discernment and purification.”
—“And he shall come as a cloud covering Zion by day,
and with the brilliance of a fire burning at night!”
—Isaiah 4:4 & 5
Remember your word to your servant
by which you gave me hope.
This comforted me in my humiliation
because your promise strengthened me.
The arrogant are utterly unscrupulous,
but I do not swerve from your law.
I remembered your ancient judgments, O Lord,
and found comfort.
I became depressed because sinners forsake your law.
Your judgments were music to me wherever I wandered.
I remembered you name, O Lord, during the night
and guarded your law.
This was mine to do because I searched out your judgments.
From Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, chapter 10
Shall I be perverted by the seductive words of people (who say the Spirit is less than the Father and the Son) and abandon the tradition that guided me to the light and which brought me the gift of knowing God, so that I—so long an enemy (of God) by reason of sin—became a child of God? For my part, I pray that I may depart this place to be with the Lord with this confession, and I want them to protect the faith intact until the day when Christ returns, and to keep the Spirit unsegregated from the Father and the Son, preserving the doctrine that was taught them at their baptism in the profession of faith and in the worship (of God).
Almighty God, whose blessed Son, Jesus Christ, went about doing good and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people, and then lavished upon us the fruitful gift of the Holy Spirit to continue that work, we beseech you to maintain it through the endeavors of our Order, and especially in the generosity we manifest in our Pentecostal offering. Prosper our work, O Most Blessed Trinity, with your continual blessing, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen