Romanos composed a sung sermon on this tale of unbesmirched virtue for recitation on the Monday before Easter. In it, both protagonists are accompanied by assistants: Potiphar’s wife is goaded on by devils, Joseph’s resolve is bolstered by angels of purity: “She whispered the delights of adultery; the heroic youth coiled to crush the shameless woman. Angels mustered to support Joseph; devils marched with Potiphar’s wife. In the heavens, the Lord observed the struggle and crowned his victor with odes of triumph, because”—and here the congregation joined in the refrain—“the eye that never sleeps sees everything.” In Romanos’ hands, the story of two people becomes a cosmic struggle watched by God. Not even the most unlearned listener could have failed to understand Romanos’ message in this sung sermon—to guard oneself from forbidden desire.