In the new and better Eden
Before the altar and the bearded priest
The white-haired catechumen, kneeling, barefoot,
Voices his profession of the Orthodox Faith
After many years of patient waiting.
The Holy Ghost is called upon,
The holy myrrh anoints body and soul.
Do you see the Gladsome Light,
Dancing just out of sight,
Dancing just beneath the surface,
Of tables and icons and walls?
The Church embraces with joy
The newly-illumined John
With her life-filled arms.
Blessed is our God!