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Bridegroom Matins

The church celebrates Bridegroom Matins during the first three days of Holy Week. Each day has a slightly different theme. On Holy Monday, we remember Patriarch Joseph and his prefigurement of Christ's sufferings in Gen 37 and 39-40. On Holy Tuesday we reflect on the parables of the Ten Virgins (Matt 25:1-13) and the Ten Talents (Matt 25:14-30). The parables remind us to be ready for judgement day and the second coming of Christ. On Holy Wednesday we reflect on the woman who washed Jesus' feet with her hair, and we use the texts from both Matt 26:6-13 and Luke 7:36-50 in our hymns.

Each day of where we pray the Bridegroom Matins, we are called to deeper encounter with Jesus, deeper prayer, deeper holiness, deeper repentance.
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, oh 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 Theotokos, have mercy on us.

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