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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

121- Getting Ready for the Wedding

 

St-Takla.org Image: Three young women, wedding celebration, happiness, thankful صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ثلاثة شابات، فتيات خلال عُرس (فرح)، الفرح، الشكر

St-Takla.org Image: Three young women, wedding celebration, happiness, thankful

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ثلاثة شابات، فتيات خلال عُرس (فرح)، الفرح، الشكر

In one of the American cities, a young lady asked me if she could come during the week to the church to have a rehearsal for her wedding. She wanted to rehearse with the children who would accompany her during the wedding march. The bride was shocked when I told her that there was plenty of time and that her wedding was after six months and that she should not hurry.

She replied, “Six months aren’t enough for preparation.”

I reproached myself since this young lady considered these six months not enough time for getting prepared for her wedding. While the groom of my soul declares that He is coming soon (rev. 21.7) and I am lazy about preparing for the unique eternal wedding.

Heaven has been ready for this wedding several thousands of years ago. Jesus paid the price by shedding his blood. He also gave us His Holy Spirit so that our spirit would unite with Him eternally.

The twenty-four priests who are not incarnate together with the heavenly hosts are longing for this happy day.

Yet, my soul, the bride, is busy with things other than its wedding day.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: الاستعداد للعُرس.

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Angels are crying, “Send Your sickle for the time of harvest is at hand.”

The heavenly hosts see the bride that You collected from all nations

And different ethnic groups,

They come together from different ethnic groups, white, black, yellow,

All reflect Your wonderful glory.

All are Your holy body.

Let Your Holy Spirit form me so that my soul would be a heavenly bride.

Let my heart long for that happy day.

Open my heart in order to see You coming in Your wedding procession,

Carry me on Your cloud, O the groom of my soul.

Take me to the bosom of Your father to the heavenly feast.


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