Holy Tuesday Commemoration at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, presided over Holy Tuesday service and delivered his message at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino. Ten Sunday School students participated in the service representing the ten maidens of the day’s parable.

The Parable of the Ten Maidens is the story of the heavenly kingdom, said the Prelate, and the path to the heavenly kingdom was initiated on Palm Sunday when our Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem for the last time and until His arrest preached and taught in the Temple through various parables announcing the coming of the His kingdom and how to inherit it.

His Eminence recounted the Parable of the Ten Maidens, of the five wise maidens who had enough oil for their lamps and were thus worthy of greeting the groom and the five foolish who ran out of oil and thus were not present when the groom arrived. In the olden days, one could not light a lamp without oil; what is the “oil” of our lives today asked the Prelate. It is the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, he said. “Jesus, the bridegroom, will one day return; and in order to be ready to greet Him we must have oil in our lamps at all times, like the wise maidens, by being in communion and communication with Him and keeping our hearts and souls open to Him at all times. God gave us the necessary tools to be in communion and communication with Him; He gave us our church, the teachings of our church fathers, our rites, and more, and all of these are to increase the oil in our lamps. And the source of the oil is His Word and His teachings.
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With its plentiful services, Holy Week is the perfect opportunity to fill up the oil in our lamps. In the example of the wise maidens, prior to His coming let us be alert and spiritually ready to meet Him by knowing and uniting with Christ so that we too may be worthy of greeting Him and inheriting His heavenly kingdom.”

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