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Parable Of The Ten Bridesmaids

Worship
In the Beginning Was the Word
Scriptures For The Lectionary Speaking Choir, Cycle A
Suggestions:
Use as an anthem.
5 readers - 2 older women, 1 young man, 2 young women

Key:
1 = narrator
2 = voice in the night
3 = a foolish bridesmaid
4 = a wise bridesmaid
5 = bridegroom

1: "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

(1:) When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout,

2: 'Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!

1: Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise,

3: 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out!'

1: But the wise replied,

4: 'No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'

1: And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying,

3: 'Lord, Lord, open to us.'

1: But he replied,

5: 'Truly I tell you, I do not know you.'

1: Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
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