This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, December 22, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
O King of nations, their very desire,
the cornerstone making both into one,
come and deliver humanity
whom you formed from the dust.
-Come, let us adore him!
Let my plea reach you, Lord,
instruct me by your word.
Let my request reach you, Lord;
deliver me according to your promise.
Let my lips render a hymn,
for you have taught me your ordinances.
Let my tongue proclaim your word
for all your decrees are just.
Let your hand procure my salvation,
for I embrace your commandments.
I have longed for your salvation, Lord,
and I contemplate your law.
My soul shall live and praise you,
and your decisions shall assist me.
I have wandered like a lost sheep.
Look for your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commandments.
The end of psalm 118/119
A reading adapted from Basil’s, On the Human Condition
Remembering that we were made from earth will prevent the instigation of anger. Let the earth, always at hand and always remembered, be our assistant. When you are in a hurry for something you want, you run across the earth. If you remember that you will return to the earth, the idiocy of greed melts. “You are earth, and to earth you shall return.”Gen 3:19 Remember that the limbs that now throb, or the present appetites of the flesh, will no longer be as they decompose and dissolve into the earth. Remember nature, and let every evil impulse cease. Let this awareness be a safeguard for us against sin.
O Holy Spirit of the Living God, your presence engenders love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control. Imbue me, and all my loved ones and companions, with these virtues that our presence in this world, as we go about our daily lives, may be the sweet fragrance of Christ among those being saved.
Amen! Cf. Gal 5:22 & II Cor. 2:15