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Service of the Bridegroom
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."''
The theme for '''Holy Wednesday''' is repentance and forgiveness. We remember the sinful woman, ''Kassiane'', who anointed our Lord in anticipation of His death. Her repentance and love of Christ is the theme of the wonderful ''"Hymn of Kassiane"'' which is chanted on this night, reminding us one more time, before ''"it is too late,"'' that we too may be forgiven if we repent.
=== The Hymn of Kassiane ===
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== The Bridegroom icon ==
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