Syriac Melody: ܫܘܽܒܚܳܐ ܠܗܰܘ ܪܳܥܝܳܐ
The gates of paradise are opened through fasting, and the ones who fast enter and inherit the kingdom.ܒܨܰܘܡܳܐ ܕܡܶܬܦܰܬܚܺܝܢ ܆ ܬܰܪ̈ܥܶܐ ܕܦܰܪܕܰܝܣܳܐ ܆ ܘܥܳܐܠܺܝܢ ܨܰܝܳܡ̈ܶܐ ܆ ܘܝܳܪܬܺܝܢ ܡܰܠܟܘܽܬܳܐ ܀
The bridal chamber [that is, the heavenly resting place] and kingdom are reserved for the ones who fast, and those in the truth fast sincerely.ܓܢܘܽܢܳܐ ܘܡܰܠܟܘܽܬܳܐ ܆ ܢܛܺܝܪ̈ܺܝܢ ܠܨܰܝܳܡ̈ܶܐ ܆ ܘܰܐܝܠܶܝܢ ܕܒܰܫܪܳܪܳܐ ܆ ܨܳܝܡܺܝܢ ܕܰܟܝܳܐܝܺܬ ܀
Our Savior, may our fast be pleasing to You, and our prayer an acceptable offering.ܨܰܘܡܰܢ ܦܳܪܘܽܩܰܢ ܆ ܢܶܗܘܶܐ ܠܰܢܝܳܚܳܟ ܆ ܘܰܨܠܘܽܬܰܢ ܬܶܗܘܶܐ ܆ ܩܘܽܪܒܳܢܳܐ ܡܩܰܒܠܳܐ ܀

The Bridal Chamber is a symbol of the altar, thus the curtains separating the sanctuary from the nave. Photo: The Altar of Our Lady’s Maronite Church, Austin, TX. Courtesy of Periodeut Donald J. Sawyer, pastor.

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