July 19, 2006


[The following is “out of season”— liturgically speaking. However, it celebrates a reality that we always eat and drink in the Eucharist.]

Being both True God and True Man, Jesus Christ is the marriage of divinity with humanity. He is the marriage in person.

In the Eastern Churches, The first days of Holy Week each have a service called “The Bridegroom Matins” at which the priest carries the icon of "Jesus Christ the Bridegroom" through the church.

As the priest carries the icon, the following chant accompanies.
Behold the Bridegroom comes in the midst of the night;
and blessed is the servant, whom He shall find vigilant;
and unworthy is he whom he shall find heedless.
Beware, therefore, O my soul,
that you will not be overcome by sleep,
lest you be given up to death,
and be shut out from the Kingdom.
Wherefore, rouse yourself, crying out:
"Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, our God;
… save us."
In this icon Christ is wearing the purple cloak, crown of thorns and reed the Roman guards used in mocking him before his crucifixion. His hands are bound loosely, signifying that He bore the humiliation willingly.

All of Lent and Holy Week look forward to Easter— the celebration of the Bridegroom arriving at midnight— of Christ’s arrival in the victory of his resurrection in which the flesh of humanity is married to the glory of God.

All of Christian history awaits the same.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

Have you ever heard the song "Soul Meets Body" by Death Cab for Cutie? Although the leader of the group likes to desparage his Catholic upbringing, this song really strikes a spiritual chord (to me anyway) where the singer is looking forward to the place where the apparent conflict between soul and body (spiritual and physical, or divine and human, or supernatural and natural) is reconciled.

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