This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Happy the one who listens to wisdom,
the person who keeps to its ways.
—Waiting at its door daily,
like a guard at the gate. (Prov. 8:34)
Come, let us adore the Wisdom of God! (I Cor. 1:24)
Psalms 32(33) 1-9
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
praise befits the upright.
Acknowledge the Lord on the harp,
make music for him on a ten-stringed zither.
Sing a new song to him,
play well with unbridled zest.
For the word of the Lord is sincere,
and all his works faithful.
He loves mercy and justice—
the Lord’s compassion fills the earth.
The heavens were established by the word of the Lord,
and all their array by the breath from his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea as though in a skin flask,
he puts the deeps in his treasuries.
Let the whole earth fear the Lord,
and let all who inhabit the world tremble before him.
For he spoke and they came to be,
he commanded and they were created.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #51, How a fault should be corrected.
Those afflicted by seriously wicked habits should be cured in the way a physician practices. The superior should not become angry with the sick, but must treat the malady aggressively by providing an antidote to the vice, and heal the weakness of the soul even by drastic measures if necessary. For example, vanity should be corrected by imposing acts of humility, idle talk by silence, excessive sleep by vigils of prayer, laziness by manual labor, overeating by fasting, chronic complaining by isolation—so that none of the members would want to work in tandem with the offender and that the work of the others may not suffer from his condition, unless—to be sure—he demonstrates that he is freed from his vice by doing penance without embarrassment.
A Prayer from St. Basil
O God, Lord of the angels and architect of all creation, you sent your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of humanity and—because of your compassion and incomparable mercy—to annul the record of our sins by his holy cross and thus conquer the rulers of darkness and their allies. Accept my prayer of gratitude and supplication and deliver me from every fatal and despondent fault and from all enemies—visible and invisible—who seek to do me harm. Do not let my heart be inclined to thoughts or words of evil so that I might ever praise and thank you. Amen.