A Poem


Come, Lord Jesus, and enter these spaces profaned and yet made holy,

Come and abide in us and quicken us with the Light of Thy Presence.

Amen. Amen. Amen. Bread and Cup and the Hidden God made manifest,

Given to the Hidden Bride manifested only as the hidden faith of broken hearts.

“In the fear of God and with faith and love draw near,” the voice of God inviting yet again.

To what will we draw near? To habit or to yet another queue, or to the joyful expectation

Of the saints who wait for Thee.

Feed me, O Blessed Cup, and burn away what cannot be fed.

Drive away the darkness that will not see the Light.

Break the hardened madness of a hollow, broken man,

And fill him, with the Ageless Life that washes away all stain.

Come, Lord Jesus.

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a retired Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame, as well as the Glory to God podcast series on Ancient Faith Radio.





3 responses to “A Poem”

  1. Ole Rocker Avatar
    Ole Rocker

    Is that ABp. Dmitri in that photo? I haven’t seen him in several years. How is his health?

  2. fatherstephen Avatar

    It is Bishop Benjamin of the West. Abp. Dmitri, though aging gracefully, is well.

  3. AR Avatar

    Longing and the struggle to see and posess what is offered… This takes shape with each new reading. Is it yours, Fr. Stephen?

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