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Monday, April 25, 2005

Christ the Bridegroom

This is Orthodox Great and Holy Week prior to Pascha (Easter). The Matins of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have a general theme, watchfulness, preparedness to receive Christ the Bridegroom when he comes.

This allusion to Matthew 25:1-13 may seem strange. The plain meaning concerns the second coming and yet here we have the reference at the beginning of Great and Holy Week. The reason becomes clear when we consider that Pascha inagurates a New Creation which is the Kingdom of God.

Our watchfulness and preparedness in Great and Holy Week is designed to enable us to enter more deeply into the paschal mystery ... for here, in the death and resurrection of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ is the Genesis and End of all things. He is the Alpha and Omega of the Cosmos, the suffering King, the wounded Healer, the Bridegroom of this Icon.

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