Sweep, Wax, Polish

There’s going to be a wedding! Sweep the porch, clean the windows, wax the floors, polish the kettle. Wash the clothes, shampoo the dog, make the beds with fresh linen.

Embellish your house with modesty and humility and the practice of prayer. Make your dwelling place shine with the light of justice; adorn its walls with good works, like a lustre of pure gold, and replace walls and precious stones with faith and supernatural magnanimity, putting prayer above all other things, high up in the gables, to give the whole construction decorum.

You will thus prepare a worthy dwelling place for the Lord, you will welcome him in a splendid palace. He will grant you to transform your soul into a temple of his presence.

For he who is about to approach these holy and dread mysteries must be awake and alert, must be clean from all cares of this life, full of much self-restraint, much readiness; he must banish from his mind every thought foreign to the mysteries, and on all sides cleanse and prepare his home, as if about to receive the king himself.
-St. John Chrysostom-