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Epiphany

January 6, 2003

(Epiphany)

Let me praise my God
for His Goodness and His marvellous deeds
in return for all that He has done for us
and for the great and tender Mercy He has shown us;

He who transcends the heights,
He who is robed in Royal Power,
He who is vested in glittering sapphires,
has never deserted us, His people,
because we are the bone of His Bone, the flesh of His Flesh
and the breath of His Life-giving Spirit;

and it is like Scriptures say of His Beauty:
"His Head is golden, purest gold,
His locks are palm fronds and black as raven;"
His Eyes are like a turquoise transparent pool,
and when His gaze falls upon you,
with that single glance your soul swoons
while it ravishes your heart, shattering it, wounding it;

the rarest essences are His,
and when He passes by near you,
the breeze wafting the scent of our Lord on you
transcends any glory;
it is a dialogue on its own ...

when He opens His Mouth and the Word comes out,
an inundating ray of light sheds out at the same time
more brilliant than any suns,
brightening the whole cosmos;
giving life to everything;

like a Bridegroom wearing his matrimonial wreath1
He walks in a lordly manner
and my soul rejoices in just watching Him pass me by ...
while I am melting away in His Light ...

your Ode, flower, infatuated me; and I am pleased with Myself that the work of My Hands gives Me praise and glory;

Vassula, you would have never been able to glorify Me unless I was joined to you; you would never be able, either, to accomplish this work that surpasses your ability were I not joined to you; yes, what ability has man, unless it is given to them from above?

so now, daughter, go and proclaim to the nations all that I have done for you, and all that you have seen, and how in the beginning I had dealt with your guilt, and how I have espoused you to Me in an ineffable manner;

I visit the earth now and then to water its desert and make rivers that brim with lustrous water to provide grain; 2 then those who are willing to gather3 the harvest will eat it and will profit from it, praising Me; those who refuse to gather the harvest, while there is no grain, these will die ...

My Presence is Life and Light; My Presence is Hope and Salvation; look, I am like the rising sun that sheds its light after darkness to give light to those who live like the jackal in darkness, and on those who live in a land of deep shadow, a land they themselves turned into obscurity to hide their evil doings;

I am ever so present in your 'days of pathos', 4 for the worldly ambitions you are running after and that do not lead you to Me; but here I am; here is your God, on the doorstep of your heart; here I am, shining brighter than a thousand constellations put together, as you often say, daughter, to give light to your feet and guide them into the way of peace;

see? My ways are not the human ways; My Presence is Light and My Light disturbs Darkness; Darkness is now at war with the Light and wishes that the Light becomes extinct and give you no more daylight; but I am like an everlasting bright Sun that never sets to array you all in My magnificence;

as I have said before, go, you who suckled on My kingly Riches and keep announcing the Kingdom to the nations and that I am your Saviour in whom all glory dwells; that I am your Redeemer and no one else; go and proclaim to the ashes and turn them into gold that they will find their freedom in Me, who am the Light; go and tell them how you yourself was caught and caged as a dove, but how I, in My tender Mercy came and broke the cage5 and gave you your liberty; I freed you from the evil one and anointed you giving the unction of My Kiss on your forehead sealing you as Mine ... go and comfort and console My people, in My Name, embellish My gardens, giving them the true Knowledge of salvation; adorn the heart of My sanctuaries; 6

every day of your life, generation, My grace is being revealed and as I shine on the whole human race to bring it to make peace with Me and neighbour, so will they too shine amongst themselves if they only would listen to Me; I am your Liberator, My Vassula, and I have blossomed you as well as others through these Odes, just as the roses that grow on the bank of a watercourse, and as Scriptures say: "give off a sweet smell like incense, flower like the lily, spread your fragrance abroad, sing a song of praise, blessing Me for all My divine work and declare the greatness of My Name!" 7

this is what you have as task; do not fear in doing all these things in My Name for I am joined with you; Love is with you and on your side all the moments of your life;

be one;

I Am;


1 In the Orthodox marriages it is customary that the bride and the bridegroom wear this wreath linked with each other by a ribbon.
2 Spiritual grain = spiritual manna.
3 I also heard 'collect' at the same time.
4 The Lord used a Greek word. 'Pathos' means 'passion', the opposite of dispassion. 'Pathi' is plural = 'passions'.
5 In a message given in the very beginning.
6 Our Lord means 'souls'.


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