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A Lutheran seminarian eagerly awaiting the return of Our Lord. Soli Deo Gloria!

Monday, September 03, 2007

This Was Amazing for What I Was Posting!

Scripture: Old Testament - 2 Kings 2:1-18
New Testament - Ephesians 4:1-24
Psalms - Morning: 42
Evening: 102, 133

Commemoration/Festival/Icon of the Day: St. Moses the Prophet

There isn't much in the way of remembrance of Moses in the Lutheran church with regards to hymns from what I can tell. From the Orthodox tradition there are these hymns.

Troparion (Russian) of Moses: The memory of your prophet Moses, we celebrate today, O Lord. By his prayers we beseech you, O Christ God save our souls.

Kontakion (Russian) of Moses: The company of the prophets rejoices with Moses and Aaron, for their prophecy is fulfilled as the Cross by which you have saved us shines forth. Save our souls by their prayers, O Christ our God!

The Song of Moses given to him by God: Deuteronomy 32:1-43

I would have put an icon of Moses and the burning bush, but for some reason many pictures have the Blessed Virgin with the Christ child (or without) in it and I cannot for the life of me understand why that is. Was the burning bush a form of pre-figuring of the incarnation? Does it have something to do with Moses being treated as "God" for the Israelites in that they were baptized into him as they went through the Red Sea?

While posting on a creation/evolution group on, (boy, that debate can get real old real quick when it comes to atheists :-() I was looking for some church father quotes to announce my leaving of a discussion thread. I found this one from St. Maximos the Confessor that I didn't use, but really spoke to the situation: "If everything that exists was made by God and for God, and God is superior to the things made by Him, he who abandons what is superior and devotes Himself to what is inferior shows that he values things made by God more than God Himself" (The Philokalia vol. II, pg. 53).....I just thought it was interesting yet sad how accurate this is of those who deny God and Christ (in the style of Romans).

Perhaps it is interesting that this debate is discussed on the day of commemoration of the human writer of the book under question in that debate a Christian I must believe there is no such thing as "coincidence."

Quick prayer request: The mother of my friend who is attending St. Tikhon's Seminary was found to have cancer the day before he left. She has had surgery and they think they removed it all, but they are going to be doing a localized Chemo-treatment. Pray for her continued recovery.


Blogger cheryl said...

Was the burning bush a form of pre-figuring of the incarnation

According to E. Orthodoxy, yes. The bush prefigures Mary, she who conceived Christ, the Unquenchable Fire without being consumed (that is, loosing her virginity/remaining intact).

12:41 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hmmm...doesn't sound like a half-bad observation as the Word of God came from the bush which was overshadowed by the glory of know, I think those Easties have a good point sometimes....:-D

1:23 PM  

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