You, oh Christ, are the Kingdom of Heaven

by Symeon the New Theologian

English version by George A. Maloney, S.J.
Original Language Greek

You, oh Christ, are the Kingdom of Heaven;
     You, the land promised to the gentle;
     You the grazing lands of paradise;
     You, the hall of the celestial banquet;
     You, the ineffable marriage chamber;
     You the table set for all,
You the bread of life;
     You, the unheard of drink;
You, both the urn for the water
     and the life-giving water;
You, moreover, the inextinguishable lamp
     for each one of the saints;
You, the garment and the crown
     and the one who distributes crowns;
You, the joy and the rest;
     You, the delight and glory;
You the gaiety;
     You, the mirth;
and Your grace, grace of the Spirit of all sanctity,
     will shine like the sun in all the saints;
     and You, inaccessible sun,
          will shine in their midst
          and all will shine brightly,
          to the degree of their faith,
          their asceticism,
          their hope
          and their love,
          their purification
          and their illumination
          by Your Spirit.

-- from Hymns of Divine Love: Songs of praise by one of the great mystics of all church history, by Symeon the New Theologian / Channeled by Gearoge A. Maloney, S.J.

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