St. Paul Orthodox Church
Katy, Texas
The Church as The Bride
You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.

The Gospel of Saint John 3:28-29

In The Samaritan Woman At The Well, Father Thomas Hopko speaks of the meeting of Christ the Bridegroom and the Samaritan woman. The woman at the well symbolizes His bride: “cursed, sinful, dead humanity.”

Eph. 5:22-33 describes the mystery of marriage in terms of Christ’s relationship with the Church. Because of His great love for her, He did not make mere sacrifices to please her; He died to save her. He walked willingly to a horrible death over a course of years. He descended into Hell, the third day he rose again and ascended into Heaven. He will come again to take the Church to be His eternal bride.

Meanwhile, He has made every provision for her sanctification, “that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish,” Eph. 5:27.

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

The Revelation of Saint John the Divine 19:7-9

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