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

Devotion for Tuesday, December 28, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

The Fourth Day of Christmas

An Invitation to Prayer

Christ is born-
let us glorify him!
Alleluia!

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord, how wondrous is your name all over the earth
for your magnificence exceeds the heavens.
From the mouths of infants and nursing children
you have received praise because of your enemies,
to put down the hostile and the vengeful.

So I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you have set in place.
What is humanity that you remember it,
the human race that you attend to it?

You have made them a little lower than the angels,
and crowned them with glory and honor,
setting them over all the works of your hands,
subjecting all things under their feet,
sheep and all cattle, and the herds of the plains,
the birds of the air and the fish in the sea,
everything that makes its way through the waters.

O Lord, our Lord, how wondrous is your name all over the earth.

A reading adapted from Basil’s, Homily on Matthew 19, 16-22

Although you say you never killed anyone, nor committed adultery, nor stolen, nor committed perjury, you make all this effort worthless by not keeping the remaining partYou shall love your neighbor as yourself. That’s the only way to enter the kingdom of God. If a physician promised to cure some physical problem, whether a birth defect or an illness, you would not become sad. But when the Great Physician of soul and body, seeing your deficiency in this critical area, wishes to make you whole, you do not accept the joyful news but turn sad and gloomy. And so it is evident that you are far from fulfilling the commandment and, in fact, commit perjury when you claim you love your neighbor just as you love yourself.

A Prayer

As pharaoh once drowned the Israelite boys in Egypt, so Herod cuts them down at Bethlehem. Remembering the massacre of children for such evil purposes, dispose us to cherish and provide for them and all the little ones here and everywhere, that we might enable them to taste your goodness.
Amen!

Note

Today we remember the Holy Innocents