April 27, 2021

"The Bridal Chamber of Your Soul"

A brother, distressed, approached Saint Ephraim of Katounakia (1912–1998), and begged him: "Elder, say a prayer for me for my sorrow to go away!" The Elder put his hands on his head and prayed, as usual.

Then the Elder said to him:
"Listen, my child. These days in my prayer God has revealed to me the 'bridal chamber' of my soul; as the troparion of Holy Week says: 'I see Your Bridal Chamber adorned, O my Savior, and I have no wedding garment that I may enter therein.' Moreover, He revealed to me the 'garment' of my soul."

The Elder's face as he said these words was overjoyed.

And he continued again:
"My child, ask God to show you the 'bridal chamber' of your soul!"