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!
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.
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.