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

Devotion for Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

St.​ ​Elzear​ ​of​ ​Sabran

An​ ​Invitation​ ​to​ ​Prayer​ ​(from​ ​St.​ ​Francis’​ ​​Canticle​)

Praised​ ​be​ ​you,​ ​my​ ​Lord,
through​ ​our​ ​Sister​ ​Physical​ ​Death.
—From​ ​whom​ ​no​ ​living​ ​person​ ​can​ ​escape!

Psalm​ ​17(18):9-18
He​ ​bent​ ​the​ ​sky​ ​and​ ​came​ ​down,
with​ ​dark​ ​clouds​ ​under​ ​his​ ​feet.
He​ ​mounted​ ​the​ ​cherubim​ ​and​ ​flew— he​ ​flew​ ​on​ ​the​ ​wings​ ​of​ ​the​ ​winds.

He​ ​made​ ​darkness​ ​his​ ​hiding​ ​place— dark​ ​water​ ​in​ ​the​ ​clouds​ ​of​ ​the​ ​air
​ ​​ ​​ ​​ his​ ​tent​ ​around​ ​him.

Clouds​ ​scudded​ ​from​ ​the​ ​brilliance​ ​before​ ​him— hail​ ​and​ ​burning​ ​coals.
The​ ​Lord​ ​thundered​ ​from​ ​the​ ​sky—
the​ ​Most​ ​High​ ​made​ ​his​ ​voice​ ​heard.

He​ ​unleashed​ ​his​ ​arrows​ ​and​ ​routed​ ​them, increased​ ​the​ ​lightening​ ​and​ ​panicked​ ​them. The​ ​sources​ ​of​ ​the​ ​waters​ ​were​ ​seen,
and​ ​the​ ​foundations​ ​of​ ​the​ ​earth​ ​were​ ​exposed at​ ​your​ ​rebuke,​ ​O​ ​Lord,at​ ​the​ ​gale​ ​that​ ​is​ ​the​ ​breath​ ​of​ ​your​ ​wrath.

He​ ​sent​ ​from​ ​on​ ​high​ ​and​ ​grasped​ ​me,taking​ ​me​ ​from​ ​the​ ​flooding​ ​waters​ ​to​ ​himself. He​ ​will​ ​rescue​ ​me​ ​from​ ​my​ ​powerful​ ​enemies, from​ ​those​ ​who​ ​hate​ ​me,
​ ​​ because​ ​they​ ​are​ ​too​ ​much​ ​for​ ​me.

Another​ ​Patron​ ​of​ ​Hospitallers
Born in the castle of Saint-Jean de Robians, in Provence, in 1285; he was Baron of Ansouis and Count of Ariano. His uncle was William of Sabran, Abbot of St. Victor at Marseilles, who supervised his education. He married the virtuous Delphine of the house of Glandèves. He respected her desire to live in virginity and the two joined the Third Order of St. Francis, and lived a life of prayer, mortification and the works of mercy. It is said he always had twelve unfortunates at his table for dinner each day. Upon his death in Paris on 27 September, 1323, he was buried in the Franciscan habit at the friary in Apt. The decree of his canonization was signed by his godson, Pope Urban V. His solicitude for lepers​ ​made​ ​him​ ​an​ ​object​ ​of​ ​veneration​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Hospitaller​ ​Orders.

A​ ​Prayer
You have taught us to keep all your blessed commandments byloving you and our neighbor, O God. Grant that, by practicing the works of mercy and charity just as St. Elzear did—even while keeping to his vocation with competence and nobility as a ruler in this world—we may attain the Kingdom of Heaven as he did, even as we practice our secular professions and pursuits, through Christ our​ ​Lord.​ ​Amen.