Saturday, May 22, 2010

God As A Consuming Fire

A wonderful podcast by Fr Thomas Hopko on the imagery of fire in the Christian life:

Also, a beautiful hymn for the Fall of Constantinople which we remember on May 29:

O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance, they have defiled your holy temple, O Lord. They have given the dead bodies of your servants to the beasts of the earth. They have shed their blood like water round about Jerusalem and there was no one to bury them. We have become a reproach to our neighbors, subjected to scorn and derision from those around us. How long, O Lord? Again how long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever? How long shall your jealousy burn as fire? Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not know you, and on kingdoms which have not called upon your name. Do not remember our old sins, but quickly help us, and have mercy on us.

I also invite you to the vespers of All Saints at my local parish (7pm, next Saturday) at Belmore, corner of Cecelia St and Isabel St and to the Festal Liturgy on Sunday.

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