Announcements for July 5-11, 2009

Monday – Saturday, July 6-11: Iconography Workshop with Heather MacKean

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Friday / Saturday, July 10-11: Teen & Young Adult Mt. Hood Backpack Trip

Saturday:  6:00 pm Vespers; “The Language of Icons” with Heather MacKean

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy & Brunch

Looking Ahead:

Saturday, July 18: 5-Year Plan Forum #2

The commemoration of Passover and Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt (see Exodus, chapters 12 to 13) was THE Independence celebration for God’s People since the 13th century BC — Freedom from slavery and oppression.  On the weekend of the 14th of Nisan, about the year 33 AD, the Old Covenant commemoration became obsolete.  The Passover of the Savior from life to death to Life has granted not only us, but the whole cosmos independence from the enslavement of the Prince of This World.

This was foreshadowed by God’s words to the Serpent, as recorded in Genesis 3:15: I shall put hatred and ill-will between you and the woman (Eve), and between your offspring and hers; he will bruise your head and you will strike his heel.  This declaration hints at ultimate victory and independence: it is the first glimmer of salvation.  It is often referred to as the proto-evangelion (i.e., first Good News).

Victory can be ascribed to One Descendant of the woman, given the Greek (LXX) edition of the Hebrew Scriptures.  However, the Hebrew renders the offspring as “it will bruise…”  This could be taken to indicate the whole human race, the collective descendants of Eve.  On the other hand, the Latin version of the Hebrew Scriptures renders the offspring in the feminine (i.e., “she will bruise…”).  In this case, the feminine offspring is interpreted as referring to Mary the Birth-giver of God incarnate.  (See the Book of Revelation, chapter 12 for a further consideration of this theme.)

Regardless of the interpretation as precisely to whom this offspring refers, the ultimate Good News of this divine message is that the deception, enslavement and strangle-hold of the Serpent is now reversed.