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Monday, May 28, 2007

A Romanian Priest's Thoughts on Community: Why attend Church?

Have Faith: Why attend church?

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Props: blue tiger, white heron

blue tiger, white heron also wrote these thoughts of Pentecost, which are worth sharing.

for those who follow or celebrate the traditional christian calendar, today-this sunday is called 'pentecost' the commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles.
it marks the 50th day after Pascha/Easter.
in the Jewish calendar the 50th day is significant and symbolises completion and fullness (the number 50 in mystical jewish perspective symbolises fulfillment and totality). pentecost in hebrew is called 'shavuot'.

among both Roman Catholics and the Orthodox as well as Anglican it is regarded as the birthday of the church.

in the eastern churches (both Catholic and Orthodox), it is called sunday of the Holy Trinity as well as "green sunday" because the boughs and branches of green leaves as brought into the churches to symbolises the fullness in creation that is a fruition of the gift of life as given by God as the "life-giver" and "comforter' who is seen as the third person of the Trinity in the Holy Spirit.

church is not only defined as a building, but rather more importantly "the community" (greek- ekklesia).
this is a good response for anyone curious or interested as to why people go to church, given by Father Theodore, from the Orthodox perspective.

"Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of truth who are everywhere present and fills all things, treasury of blessings and giver of life, come and abide within us, cleanse us of all stain and save our souls oh Good one
:: posted by Padre Rob+, 9:47 AM


Excellent video!
Blogger John the organist, at 2:51 PM  

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