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Pentecost and Father's Day - June 19, 2016

posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:41 PM by SaintRaphael WebAdmin   [ updated Jul 12, 2016, 12:05 PM ]
On June 19, we marked Pentecost. We looked at the icon of Pentecost and discussed its symbolism:
The icon reflects the final work of revelation of the Holy Spirit.
The icon's primary colors are gold and red - gold=divinity, and red=a sign of the fiery presence of the Holy Spirit
On the right side are shown Paul, John, Luke, Andrew, Bartholomew, and Philip
On the left side Peter, Matthew, Mark, James, Simon, and Thomas
Peter and Paul are at the top as they were the leaders 
They are all facing each other, which reflects the understanding that all Bishops are equal 
Matthew and Luke were not there, but are depicted as representing the entire church
The Evangelists are depicted holding books
The central seat in the middle is shown vacant, as this was the seat of the Lord, who had ended His earthly ministry
The youngest Apostles Philip and Thomas are shown at the bottom (in a kind of junior ranking), and are beardless, showing the continuous renewal of the Church
The tongues of fire above each Apostle show the Holy Spirit on them
The building depicted is where the Upper Room was
The four pieces of cloth represent the four corners of the world
The figure at the very bottom (seemingly in the basement), is the Elderly King Cosmos, who represents the world in darkness; his robe is red, stained so by sin; he is holding a white cloth with 12 scrolls. 
The descent of the Holy Spirit was intended to sanctify the entire world
We must pray that the Holy Spirit will come and cleanse us.  

Today was also Father's Day. 
There are different kinds of father figures, but all work for the best.
Psalm 103:13-14 - Fathers must have compassion: must give discipline, but not push kids too hard
Fathers must be Christlike
The actions of fathers speak a lot to kids - much more than mere words
Malachi 4:6 - the relationship between parents and their children can be life-giving and life-sustaining
Men need to be lifted up, that we might benefit from them, and that their lives might echo that of the Father. 

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