A Sword Anointed with Honey

‘Ye sleep again’, said Christ to His disciples. ‘Watch, for the hour draws nigh. Arise and let us go, My friends. For see, the disciple who shall betray Me comes with the whole band of soldiers, to deliver Me to the murderers of the prophets.’

‘Thy kiss is false and thine embrace is bitter. To whom, O liar, dost thou say, “Hail, Master”?’ said Christ to Judas. ‘Friend, why art thou here? For if thou hast come to kiss Me, why dost thou bring a sword anointed with honey?’

St. Andrew of Crete, from Canticle Nine. Compline for Thursday in Holy Week. The Lenten Triodion

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