Festal Garments (For Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Teacher)

Already there is an odour of blessedness upon you, O ye who are soon to be enlightened: already ye are gathering the spiritual flowers, to weave heavenly crowns: already the fragrance of the Holy Spirit has breathed upon you: already ye have gathered round the vestibule of the King’s palace; may ye be led in also by the King! For blossoms now have appeared upon the trees; may the fruit also be found perfect!
(Cyril of Jerusalem, The Catechetical Lectures)
 
Prepare your hearts;
Your feet are at our Temple’s gates,
Your souls are near the threshold.
The King is in His palace here,
Welcoming you in.
 
Will He find you naked or
Clothed as in your former ways?
Will He find your hearts unchanged
Your feet unfit to stand?
 
Prepare your hearts,
Prepare your feet;
Clothe yourselves in these new things.
Clothe yourselves in righteousness,
In righteousness and praise.
 
The leaves are budding to proclaim:
Soon the King’s eternal spring
Will come forth and bear good fruit;
Gird your hearts for spring.
 
Prepare your hearts;
Your feet are at our Temple’s gates,
Your souls are near the threshold.
The King is in His palace here.
Will you come to Him?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s