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Monday, April 10, 2017

Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, / And blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching, / And again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. / Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep, / Lest you be given up to death, and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom. / But rouse yourself crying: Holy, Holy, Holy, art Thou, O our God, / Through the Theotokos have mercy on us.” (Troparion-Hymn of “Bridegroom Matins” on Holy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)

This hymn, chanted in our churches at the morning-service of the first three days of this Holy and Great Week of our Lord’s passion, refers to the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Mt 25: 1-13). In that well-known parable, there are five “wise“ virgins, signifying those of us who are well-prepared, with “oi...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, / and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching, / and again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. / Beware, therefore, O my soul, / do not be weighed down with sleep, / lest you be given up to death, and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom. / But rouse yourself crying: Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, O our God, // through the Theotokos have mercy on us.” (Troparion, Byzantine Great Week)

 

This well-known hymn, sung at Byzantine matins on the first three days of Great Week, refers to the well-known parable of the ten bridesmaids (Mt 25: 1-13): five of them were “foolish,” because they were not prepared for the arrival of the “bridegroom” at midnight, and ended up shut out of the “wedding banquet.” Ancient Christians believed th...

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