WE Orthodox are not waiting for the end of history and the end of time, but through living in Christ we are running to meet the end of history, and thus already living the life expected after the Second Coming. St. Symeon the New Theologian says that he who has seen the uncreated light and united with God is not awaiting the Second Coming of the Lord, but living it.
Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos), “Orthodox Psychotherapy” (tr. Esther Williams), Chapter 1 (read here).
YOU described the second coming of the Judge, and with the streams of your tears you teach us to light the lamps of our souls, as you proclaim to all the Bridegroom’s coming, ‘Let us all clothe ourselves in shining robes to meet the Bridegroom Christ’.
Vespers on the Feast of St Ephrem the Syrian (January 28). Translation by Archimandrite Ephrem Lash, at Anastasis.
CHRIST is born, give glory! Christ comes from heaven, go to meet him. Christ is upon earth, be exalted! Sing to the Lord all the earth, and all you peoples, raise the hymn with joy: for he has been glorified!
Katavasia, at Mattins on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ.