My soul, my soul,arise! Why are you sleeping?
The end is drawing near, and you will be confounded.
Awake then and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you,
Who is everywhere present and fills all things.
Kontakion – First Week of Great Lent
Watch therefore for ye know neither the day nor the hour…
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25 1-13
Christian, rouse thyself while the day is young. Store up virtues for the day of the feast when all peoples will be gathered from the four corners of the world. On that day, Who shall speak for us? Who will be our advocate? What can we say in our defense? Use your talents wisely that you may repay what is owed.
Beloved, may our Lord grant us to be worthy to attend the wedding banquet