closed doors

Greek: thyron kekleismenon, the doors being shut

An expression associated in particular with Christ’s apparition to the Apostles both on Easter Sunday evening (John 20:19) and again one week later (John 20:26). Our Lord thus manifested the subtlety of His glorified body by which He was able to enter the room, “the doors being shut.” In the parable of “The Ten Virgins” (Matthew 25) occurs the expression “the door was shut,” indicating the security of those within and the exclusion of those without, or as Saint Augustine says “where enemies do not enter nor friends go forth.” The plural “doors” is usually employed because the oriental door had two leaves.