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Monday, June 01, 2009


Clare Krishan

Thanks for the excerpt on the birthday of the Church.

The phrase "be it physical air without lungs" would make more sense if it read
"be it physical air with our lungs" ?
Felix culpa - it got me thinking of how the image of the lamps aflame the great Choros in the recent image posted to the CrunchyCon blog
with Christ after his Ascension reigning as Pantocrator in the apse above, evokes the words from the second reading for Pentecost (vigil) rather like a birth canal from the vantage of the infant being delivered:

Brothers and sisters:
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
and not only that, but we ourselves,
who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
we also groan within ourselves
as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
For in hope we were saved.
Now hope that sees is not hope.
For who hopes for what one sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God's will.

(Romans 8:22)

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