to walk worthily of the Lord, pleasing him in all respects

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lent, day 4: What to wear for Lent

(photo by RRC, from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples)

My translation of Colossians 3:12-14.

Ἐνδύσασθε οὖν,
ὡς ἐκλεκτοὶ τοῦ θεοῦ ἅγιοι καὶ ἠγαπημένοι,
σπλάγχνα οἰκτιρμοῦ χρηστότητα ταπεινοφροσύνην πραΰτητα μακροθυμίαν,
   ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων
καὶ χαριζόμενοι ἑαυτοῖς ἐάν τις πρός τινα ἔχῃ μομφήν·
καθὼς καὶ κύριος ἐχαρίσατο ὑμῖν, οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς·
   ἐπὶ πᾶσιν δὲ τούτοις τὴν ἀγάπην,
ὅ ἐστιν σύνδεσμος τῆς τελειότητος.

Clothe yourselves,
            as God’s chosen, holy and beloved,
                        with a compassionate heart, helpfulness, humility, courteousness, patience,
   bearing with one another
            and forgiving each other, if anyone has a complaint against another–
                        even as the Lord has forgiven you, so you should also forgive.
   Over all these, clothe yourselves with Love,
            which holds everything together perfectly.


If you need a primer on Lent, see Kathleen Mulhern’s “What is Lent” article on the excellent religion website Patheos.

On Monday, I’ll be comparing Colossians with the Many Headed Hydra, in a good way, and will look at Colossians 2:4, 8 as well.

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