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

Devotion for Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

June 18

An Invitation to Prayer

May I never forget your teaching.
May I treasure your principals in my heart. —For this will bring me long life,

greater years and happiness. ​(Cf. Prov. 3:1&2)

Psalm 19(20)

May the Lord hear you on a day of misfortune; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you, send you help from the Holy Place
and uphold you from Zion.

May he remember all your sacrifices and may all your holocausts wax rich.

May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your wishes.
We will rejoice in your safety,
and be exalted in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now I know the Lord delivered his anointed,
that he will hear him from his holy heaven,
that deliverance afforded by his right hand is mighty. Some in chariots, some in glory—
but we will exult in the name of the Lord our God. They have been contained and have fallen
while we are raised up and invigorated.
Lord, save the king
and hear us on whatever day we call upon you.

A reading from Basil’s ​Long Rules​, #43,
additional thoughts on the qualifications of superiors.

​You have asked for something more on this issue. As a rule, the subjects tend to become like their leader and chief. So the superior, mindful of St. Paul’s injunction (I Tim. 4:12), “Be an example to the faithful,” should make his life a shining example in observing every one of the Lord’s commandments so that those under his guidance will have no excuse to think the Lord orders something impossible or something that may be readily set aside.  Consider, first of all, that which is first in importance, that is, that he should be—for the love of Christ—so grounded in humility that, even if he doesn’t say a word, the example of his actions will provide a more effective instruction than any words. If the goal of Christianity is imitating Christ according to the standard set in his incarnation, and in so far as each individual’s calling allows, those entrusted with guiding many are obligated to assist in the development of those still weaker than they to imitate Christ, as the blessed Paul said, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” (I Cor. 11:1)

A Prayer

Heavenly Father, let my joy in being a devoted follower of your beloved Son speak for itself in helping others to grow in faith and all virtues. By the power of the Holy Spirit increase in me both love and zeal so that I might bring others to deeper faith by example as well as word, especially to those who are in my care in any way, whether in my family, or through my profession, or in the community of the Order. Amen.