This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, July 16, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
Sts. Peter & Paul are remembered in the East & West today
An Invitation to Prayer
Respect for the Lord promotes longevity,
so the lifetime of the irreverent is cut short.
—Joy keeps company with righteousness
while the hopes of the irreverent disappear.
Come, let us worship the one in whom we hope!
Psalm 33(34) 1-10
I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise will always be in my mouth.
My soul will be enraptured in the Lord,
let the meek hear and be glad.
Glorify the Lord with me,
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord and he heard me,
from all my insecurities he rescued me.
Approach him and be enlightened,
and shame shall never cover your face.
For this poor man cried out and the Lord heard him,
and from all his afflictions delivered him.
An angel of the Lord will camp around those who fear him,
and rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is kind,
blessed is the one who trusts in him.
The rich have become poor and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord will not want for any good thing.
A reading from Basil’s Long Rules, #54,
The superiors should consult with each other about problems.
It is a good strategy that the leaders of the communities meet together occasionally at certain determined times and places. At those gatherings they should lay before each other for consideration irregular situations, characters they find exceedingly difficult to deal with, details of their administrations, so that—if any of them are delinquent in any way—this may be pointed out in an authoritative manner by the judgment of the group, and that what has been done well may be ratified by their collective testimony.
Lord Jesus, we venerate the memory of Peter and Paul, two brilliant lights that were preeminent among your apostles. They were radiant with the fire of the Holy Spirit, with which they burnt off the fog of spiritual ignorance. They proved to be worthy soldiers of the Kingdom on high, fit to share the throne of grace. While we honor them, we lovingly thank you for their ministry and may we, in turn, follow their example and become worthy soldiers of your Kingdom. Amen.