The Church and its Ministers - The Virtues that Lead to Contemplation

Sermon 46 on The Song of Songs

Our bed is covered with flowers; the beams of our houses are of cedar, the paneling of cypress. She is singing her marriage-song, describing in beautiful language the marriage bed and bridal suite. She invites the bridegroom to repose: for the better thing is to remain at ease and be with Christ; but necessity drives one forth to help those who are to be saved. ...

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On the Song of Songs: Bernard of Clairvaux