This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
Our Lady of Cyprus at the Tomb of Lazarus in Kitei, Cyprus.
An Invitation to Prayer
To the righteous, it is a pleasure to do justice, but the impious think they are naïve.
—One who strays from the way of justice will faces a mob of ogres. (Prov. 21:15 & 16)
Come, let us learn the example of the faithful and just!
I have hoped in you, O Lord,
never let me be humiliated.
In your justice rescue me and deliver me, lend me your ear and save me.
Be my protecting God,
a stronghold to save me,
for you are my refuge and my fortress.
O God, deliver me from the hand of the sinner, from the hand of the criminal and the swindler.
You are my motivation, O Lord—
my hope since my youth, O Lord.
I have depended on you since my birth,
you have been my shelter since my mother bore me. I will sing of you continually.
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility, sec. 3.
No one who is prudent should have a high opinion of himself because of his erudition or any of the other factors already mentioned. Rather, he will heed the excellent advice of Hannah and the prophet Jeremiah. “Let not the wise person boast of his wisdom, nor the powerful person boast of his power, nor the rich individual boast of his wealth.” (Jer. 9:23) But what is worth boasting about? What makes a person truly great? He says, “that he knows and understands that I am the Lord.” (Jer. 9:24) This is what really makes a person great, this is what really confers glory and majesty: to know for certain what is great, and to cling to it; and to seek the glory that comes from the Lord of glory, as the apostle says, “let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord,” when he says, “Christ became the wisdom of God for us.” For boasting in God is perfect and unstinting when someone is not haughty on account of his own righteousness, but has come to realize that he lacks true righteousness and is made righteous only by faith in Christ.
O Jesus, our father Lazarus responded to your marvelous kindness in bringing him back from the dead by spending the remainder of his life in your service spreading your message on Cyprus and being a pastor to those who came to know and accept you as the Christ. May we remember him, not simply as someone who was the recipient of one of your greatest miracles, but as one who demonstrated the very finest gratitude by offering the remainder of his life to your service. Amen!
The prototype of this sacred image dates back to the year 392 and the tomb of Lazarus on the island of Cyprus. It is now kept in a monastery there. A renowned copy of the Cyprus icon is in the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow.