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Behold, the Bridegroom is coming
in the middle of the night.
Blessed is the servant He shall find awake.
But the one He shall find neglectful
will not be worthy of Him.
Beware, therefore, O my soul!
Do not fall into a deep slumber,
lest you be delivered to death
and the door of the Kingdom be closed to you.
Watch instead, and cry out:
Holy, Holy, Holy are You, O God.
Through the intercession of the Mother of God,
have mercy on us.

~ Holy Week Tropar ~


In our Eastern Church, Great Lent concludes on Lazarus Saturday, and prepares  us for Palm Sunday and the Week of the Bridegroom. We have journeyed with Jesus from His Nativity, on to His Baptism, and in to the 40 days of Lent.

Now is His week. He, the Bridegroom, forges ahead- alone. Only incarnate Love has the strength to meet head-on the collected forces of evil, hate, cruelty, violent torture,  ingratitude - all heaped and hurled upon His defenseless Person. But it was
To earth the Father sent His Son

St Bernard in Steps of Humility and Pride has a beautiful explanation and teaching: "Humility was born from the union of the Word with human reason." The Word is Truth and "the proper role, task of reason is to judge".   Jesus, the Truth, faces the reality of human Sin and all our sins, and of being our Redeemer, so He cannot judge- He has accepted to be guilty!  Now Hate will crush Him.  Pilate, Herod, Annas and Caiphas have no mercy. He made no reply. He represented us and showed us, in truth, that we must do the same - accept being guilty because we are!! Our salvation is in process.

 The Son for us His Spirit won

And so this is His gift to us. "He delegates to me his own power to judge- teaches and enables me   to judge myself- but no one else.  He stands by, for in truth I need Him, so as not to fall apart in despair. He delegated to [my human reason] his own power to judge, and when out of reverence for the Word [to which it is joined],I accuse... judge against myself, then the Holy Spirit is sent... Supreme Humility is a call the Holy Spirit cannot resist. He will come."

The nuptials of the Church and Word,
The Spirit's task- no voice is heard.