Then will be the month of months, and the most glorious of sabbaths.
Then will the light of the moon be like to the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will shine with seven-fold brilliance, and every saint’s face will shine like the sun in the kingdom of his Father.
This city will have no need of the sun’s light; but God the all-Powerful will illumine it.
His torch is the Lamb: the Lamb of God, the Lamb without spot whom the Father sent into the world as a saving victim.
Living without sin, dying for sinners, the Lamb took away the sin of the world, loosed the pains of hell and liberated the prisoners from the lake without water, triumphant before them, and reinstating them in His kingdom by His side.
He is most beautiful in countenance, very desirable to see, He upon whom the Angels desire to gaze.
He is the King of peace, He whose countenance is desired by all the world.
He is the propitiator of sinners, the friend of the poor, the consoler of the afflicted, the guardian of the little ones.
He is the teacher of the childlike, the guide of pilgrims, the redeemer of those who have died, the courageous helper of warriors, the generous rewarder of victors.
He is the golden altar of the Holy of Holies, the place of rest of sons, the spectacle pleasing to the angels.
He is the sublime throne of the supreme Trinity, raised above all, He who is blessed of the ages.
He is the crown of the Saints, the light of all, the light of angels.
O what will we give Him in return for all He has given us?
When shall we be delivered from the body of this death?
When shall we be filled with the abundance of the house of God, seeing the light in His light?
When then will the Christ appear, our life, and shall we be with Him in glory?
When shall we see the Lord God in the lamb of the living, the kindly rewards, the man of peace, the dweller in repose, the consoler of the afflicted?
When shall we see the first-born of the dead, the joy of the Resurrection, the man of the right hand of God, He whom the Father has established?
He is the Son of God, chosen from among thousands.
Anonymous Monk of the Benedictine Abbey of Bèze (early 12th century?): Elevations on the Glories of Jerusalem (quoted in Jean Leclercq OSB, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God; A Study of Monastic Culture, ch 45).