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Christ the Bridegroom

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Service of the Bridegroom
*The reid - a symbol of His humility; God rules his kingdom with humility.
:=== The '''Kontakion'''for Holy Monday ===The [[Kontakion]] for Sunday evening, eighth tone. 
''Jacob lamented the loss of Joseph, but that noble one was seated in a chariot and honored as a king; for by not being enslaved then to the pleasures of the Egyptian woman, he was glorified by Him that beholdeth the hearts of men and bestoweth an incorruptible crown.''
'''=== The Hymn of the Bridegroom'''===:''Behold, the Bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night, and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching; and again unworthy is he ...''
=== Holy Monday evening ===
The Gospel reading for the day is '''The Barren Fig Tree''', which Christ cursed and withered because it bore no fruit. The fig tree is a parable of those who have heard God's word, but who fail to bear the fruit of obedience. Originally the withering of the fig tree was a testimony against those Jews who rejected God's word and His Messiah. However, it is also a warning to all people, in all times, of the importance of not only hearing the God's word, but putting it into action.
=== The Kontakion for Holy Tuesday===
The [[Kontakion]] for Monday evening, second tone.
''Being mindful of the hour of the end, O my soul, and fearing because of the cutting down of the fig tree, labor diligently with the talent that was given thee, O hapless one, and be watchful and cry: Let us not remain outside the bridal chamber of Christ.''
===Holy Tuesday evening ===
On '''Holy Tuesday''', the Parable of the Ten Virgins is read. It tells the story of the five virgins who filled their lamps in preparation for receiving the bridegroom while the other five allowed their lamps to go out and hence were shut out of the marriage feast. This parable is a warning that we must always be prepared to receive our Lord when He comes again. The theme of the day is reinforced by the expostelarion hymn we sing ''"I see Thy Bridal Chamber adorned, O my Savior, but have no wedding garment that I may enter. O Giver of Light, enlighten the vesture of my soul, and save me."''
''Do not turn away from me, Your servant, for You have immeasurable mercy.''
== The Kontakion for Holy Wednesday ==The '''[[Kontakion]]for Tuesday evening, Tone 4'''fourth tone. 
''I have transgressed far more than the harlot, O Good One, yet have never brought you showers of tears;''
''but entreating in silence, I fall before you, as I kiss your immaculate feet with love,''

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