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

Devotion for Monday, December 6, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

December 17

Today is the feast of Lazarus of Bethany in the West.

An Invitation to Prayer
O Wisdom, come from on high
and set aright all things with your power. Reveal the path of knowledge to us,
and teach us to follow in her ways.
–O come, let us adore him.

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Your testimonies are wonderful,
and so my soul keeps them.
The exposition of your words enlightens,
and teaches the lowly.
I opened my mouth and sighed,
because I longed for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as you would to those who love your Name. Direct my steps according to your word,
and let no wickedness rule over me.
Deliver me from human oppression
and I will keep your precepts.
Let your face shine on your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
Streams of tears flow from my eyes
because your law is not kept.

A reading adapted from Basil’s, On the Human Condition
“Look, I have given you every fruit-bearing tree to be your food.” [Gen. 1:29] It did not say I give you the fish to eat, the domestic animals, the reptiles, the cattle. God did not make them for this purpose. The animals were subject to this law of nature in the same way, to be nourished by fruit. But when the human being changed his ways and went beyond the limits set for him, the Lord–knowing human depravity–permitted him the enjoyment of every kind of food after the flood. [Gen. 9:3] By this concession all other living creatures were free to eat them.

A Prayer
O Lord, you were an intimate friend of Lazarus and his sisters. His death brought tears to your eyes and power to your voice so that you summoned him back to life from the fetters of death. Now, Lord, our very life, renew us by the power of your Spirit so that we might concern ourselves with the lives and needs of others and one day come to share eternal life all together with you in your heavenly kingdom. Amen!

In the East, today is also the feast of the Prophet Daniel and three youths in the furnace