Now is the time for thee to pour out tears before Him who binds up, and He will apply mercy to thy disease which vexes thee.
Now is the time when the door of the Great Physician is opened, and He will bind up for naught; bring in thy sore that He may find a remedy for it.
Now is the hour for thee to lift up thy voice in supplication; for now the gates on high are opened to prayers.
Now is the hour when thou mayest entreat thy Creditor to come forth and cancel the note of hand that is terrifying thee.
Now is the hour when the Son of God is sacrificed and set forth upon the table for sinners, to pardon them.
Now is the hour when the doors and curtains give way, that the sacrifice may come in and mercy go forth for sinners.
[…] O thou soul, the ewe that fell among robbers, be quiet in the fold, full of healing for the broken.
Without the door the wolf is hiding and waiting for thee; anoint thy lips with the Blood of the Shepherd, and then go forth and despise him.
For the Bridegroom has come down and given thee His Body and sealed thee with His Blood: never shouldst thou go forth from the bride-chamber to them that are without.
The way of the world is full of snares and obstacles; the devils are standing on guard at the cross-roads of the earth; and they threaten the soul with rage to destroy it, and they thirst for her blood because of the virtues which are held within her.
And with all manner of pretexts and devices they lay snares for her to corrupt her from that virtue which belongs to her.
But thou, O soul, hast an armour and a wall, yea, and a Saviour who will not fail thee in the contest.
He keeps thee from the pitfalls of the enemy; and he will shew thee a way of life to walk therein.
He brings thee in before His Father, that thou mayest see His place; and He shews thee that He is a sacrifice on behalf of sinners.
Make thy petition in the name of the Son: offer it to His Father; and He will receive it for the sake of the sign of His Only-begotten.
Jacob of Serugh (c.451-521): On the Reception of the Holy Mysteries.