This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, July 2, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
The lips of the righteous are accustomed to things sublime,
while fools die with nothing.
—the blessing of the Lord rests on the wise;
it makes rich without bringing grief. (Prov. 10:21&22)
Come, let us worship God most high!
Psalms 32(33) 16-22
A king is not saved by a powerful army,
and a giant is not saved by his great strength.
The advantage of a horse is deceptive,
in spite of its great strength it may not be saved.
Look, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his mercy
to rescue their souls from death
and to sustain them in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord,
for he is our helper and protector.
Our heart shall rejoice in him,
for we trusted in his holy name.
Let your mercy be upon us, O Lord,
just as we have trusted in you.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #53,
How teachers should correct the blunders of children.
It is the duty of those who teach the arts to reprimand the faulty techniques of their pupils and correct their mistakes. All offenses that arise from bad character, such as disobedience and talking back, laziness in performing tasks, idle chatter, lying, or any other act forbidden to those leading a devout life, should be referred to the person in charge of the general discipline to determine the type and severity of the treatment to be applied. The purpose of a reprimand is the improvement of the soul. Therefore, since everyone is not qualified to practice medicine, no one should give a reprimand except the one whom the superior—after careful consideration—has approved for this.
Grant us, O God, a deeper sense of fellowship with all living things, our little brothers and sisters to whom you have given this earth as a home to share with us. We remember with shame having acted high-handedly and cruelly in exercising our dominion over them, and so the voice of the earth, which should have risen to you in song, has turned into a groan of pain. May we realize that all these creatures live for themselves and for you, and not just for us alone. They, too, love the goodness of life as we do, and serve you better in their way than we do in ours. Amen!