Ancient, Communion / Eucharist, Peace

Open The Gates – Chrysostom

I am not worthy, my Master and my God,

That you should come beneath the roof of my soul.

Yet, since in your universal love you want to live in me, I ask with boldness.

You command,

Open the gates which you forged,

Come in with love and light up my darkened thinking.

I believe that you will do this

Because you did not send away the prostitute who came with tears,

You did not send away the sorry tax-collector or the thief who sought your kingdom,

You did not reject Paul who persecuted you,

But all of those who came to You in repentance,

You called ‘friends’,

And live with you now,

Blessed forever and in eternity!

Amen.

 

– John Chrysostom 347-407AD.