Schlagwort-Archive: spirituality

Theology of the Chapel Veil

Now that I probably have your attention again, I thought I could provide a link to a text I found interesting.

This is one of the topics I am juggling around in my mind for months now. Tell me what you think about it.

I still haven’t come to any kind of conclusion. There are both arguments I find convincing that are in favor of wearing a headcover in Church/ in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and arguments that I find convincing that say it isn’t neccessary/important/ appropriate. So any kind of input is welcome. I won’t neccessarily agree with you, but learning what others think always help me to find my own position, because I notice that I agree or disagree on some points.

Here you go: Theology of the Chapel Veil

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St Catherine Akathist

The Akathist Hymn (Ἀκάθιστος Ὕμνος, unseated hymn) is an Eastern Orthodox Christian hymn dedicated to a saint, holy event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. The name derives from the fact that during the chanting of the hymn, or sometimes the whole service, the congregation is expected to remain standing in reverence, not being allowed to sit down (Ancient Greek ἀ- (a), [without, not] + κάθισις (káthisis), [sitting]).[…] The akathist par excellence is that written in the 6th century to the Theotokos. In its use as part of the Salutations to the Theotokos service (used in the Byzantine tradition during Great Lent), it is often known by its Greek or Arabic names, Χαιρετισμοί/Chairetismoi and Madayeh, respectively. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akathist)

Here, it is not the Akathist to the Theotokos (the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God), but to St. Catherine of Alexandria which is very dear and important to me. More on St Catherine will follow on this blog.

This Akathist is sung in Romanian and I am speechless (ok, nearly) when I listen to this beauty. Will try to discover more of the treasures of our orthodox brothers and sisters.

Saint Catherine, pray for us.

Dominica in albis or: Quasimodogeniti

That’s today. This Sunday is the Octave Day of Easter, also sometimes referred to as Low Sunday (often explained as of lesser importance than Easter, but probably the „Low“ is just a corruption of „Laudes“ (which means praises and is the first word of this Sundays, and since 1970 officially Second Sunday of Easter. Also called St. Thomas Sunday:

19 In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‚Peace be with you,‘

20 and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord,

21 and he said to them again, ‚Peace be with you. ‚As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.‘

22 After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit.

23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.

24 Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 So the other disciples said to him, ‚We have seen the Lord,‘ but he answered, ‚Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.‘

26 Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‚Peace be with you,‘ he said.

27 Then he spoke to Thomas, ‚Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.‘

28 Thomas replied, ‚My Lord and my God!‘

29 Jesus said to him: You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.

(John 20:19-29, source: New Jerusalem Bible: http://www.catholic.org; „that same day“ is the day when the disciples discovered that the tomb was empty, Mary of Magdala, weeping, talked to the angels and finally met Christ , whom she didn’t recognize at first.)

This often comes to my mind when I hear people saying that there’s no proof that God exists. Or, worse, when catholics say that about some aspect of our faith. Instead of admitting that all of us need to grow in faith anything  is seen as „in reality it wasn’t so“.

And, since 2000, this Sunday is also the Divine Mercy Sunday. When I was in Lithuania lately, I learned that there are several versions of the Divine Mercy image, the (as far as I know original) version in Vilnius, and two named by the artists that painted them, Hyla and Skemp (I believe the Hyla/ Kraków version is the most common and most known). Honestly, this isn’t really my kind of spirituality, but I came to like the Vilnius image of the Divine Mercy. I hope to be able to upload a picture at least of this version soon.