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more recently, webzines, ever since. His articles have
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St. Seraphim's Orthodox Church, Santa Rosa,
California, Vespers of Pentecost, June 11, 2011
Jonal entry 1187 | June 14 2011
Posted from Willows, Ca. -
During my visit to Oxford, England, last
October, I had lunch with Michael Ward, a fellow aurthor of books
on C.S. Lewis and an Anglican chaplain at St. Peter's College of Oxford
University. I told him I had now written two books on Lewis and I
guessed that I might be the only Eastern Orthodox author specializing
in Lewis. (There are a number of evangelical, Anglican, and Roman
Catholic writers with multiple books on the late Oxford don, Cambridge
professor, and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and many other volumes.)
Ward then told me of a friend of his, Andrew Cuneo, who is not only
Eastern Orthodox but a priest in the church who had recently done
his doctorate at Oxford on the letters of C.S. Lewis, most of which
were published after Fr. Andrew finished his dissertation. Furthermore,
Fr. Andrew did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where
I did the bulk of my campus ministry career (though our years at Stanford
did not overlap), and that he is now serving and living with his family
in Santa Rosa, California, on the northern side of the San Francisco
Fr. Andrew made a presentation on Lewis
at Archangel Bookstore in San Francisco in February, where I met him
and joined him for dinner after his talk. He encouraged me to visit
the church in Santa Rosa which he has been serving as an intern since
his ordination, especially to see its beautiful iconography and frescoes,
which I finally got an opportunity to do this weekend. The date turned
out to be not only my best chance to get away for a few days but Pentecost
weekend, the feast celebrating the birth of the church with the receiving
of the Holy Spirit fifty days after Pascha (Passover/Easter), which
coincided in New Testament history with the Jewish feast of Pentecost
which was set aside to memorialize the fiftieth day after the passing
over of the angel of death to the Jewish homes in Egypt which led
to Moses gaining permission to take his people to freedom in the Exodus.
I have made only a few photos and videos
during church services before, for private use only, but because I
had been invited especially to experience the beauty of this relatively
new church, I felt led to make a record of the beauty of the Saturday
night vesper service, as seen in the accompanying video, which runs
just under eight minutes. It is in four sections, some of them outside
the temple before the service, some of the music and icons and frescoes
in the early part of the vespers, a portion of the service that processed
outside, and finally a porton of the latter vesper prayers. These
service segments are also followed by a brief tour of the church grounds
after the service ended.
Useful work phrases: It's a thankless job, but
I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.
Thought for today
Ghosts must be pictured, if we are to picture
them at all, as shadowy and tenuous, for ghosts are half-men ... if
we must have a mental picture to symbolize Spirit, we should represent
it as something heavier than matter.
C.S. Lewis (1898
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