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The Parable of the Ten Virgins : Five young women cared enough about a man’s wedding-day to make the smallest of sacrifices, and received the best of rewards.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Based on Matthew 25:1-13.

In the Holy Week services, this parable is joined with the Parable of the Talents and the Parable of the Wedding Garment to emphasise the need for readiness, and to remind us to bring something to the party on Easter Day: heartfelt love.

TEN virgins were chosen to escort a bridegroom into his evening wedding. Each was given a lamp, but five of them foolishly brought no oil from home, perhaps thinking more would (and should) be provided by the happy couple on the day.

Evening came, but the bridegroom was late, and all ten virgins dozed off.

When they woke suddenly to the news that he was near, five virgins still had no oil, and the others had none to spare.

The foolish virgins hurried into the town to buy oil in the small hours, but in the meantime the bridegroom came, the doors were closed, and the marriage service began without them.

The foolish virgins had come to perform a loveless duty, expecting to be given everything. Their punishment was an early night. But the wise virgins had even brought a little of their own precious oil from home, just so the bridegroom’s wedding-day would be perfect.

Their reward was their hearts’ desire.

Based on Matthew 25:1-13.

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