We are compelled to attempt what is unattainable, to climb where we cannot reach, to speak what we cannot utter. Instead of the bare adoration of faith we are compelled to entrust the deep things of religion to the perils of human expression. St. Hilary of Poitiers We continue with a variety of activities that help fulfill a part of our Vision and Values: Church of the Angels is to be a place where people can experience the Christian faith in depth and experience joy in doing so.
Pentecost completes the 50 days of the Easter Season. We celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples confirming their faith in the resurrection and empowering them to bear witness to it to the ends of the earth.
The Seventh Sunday of Easter falls between the Feast of the Ascension (Thursday before Easter 7) and the Feast of Pentecost. Ascension marks the end of the Resurrection Appearances. The Risen Christ moves from outside ourselves to deep inside each one of us. The Risen Christ is no longer limited by the constraints of space and time but is now present to all disciples in all times and in all places. We await the descent of the Holy Spirit that will empower us to tell the whole world that Christ is Risen.
The long season of Easter has traditionally been called the time of Mystagogy. That's a big word that means penetrating into the depths of the Christian faith, what St. Paul calls, "The Mystery hidden for ages,but now revealed." We engage in activities to deepen both our faith, and the acts of love that flow from it.
Last Sunday we heard Jesus say, "I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in and there will be one flock, one shepherd." That reaching out to draw others begins this week with the earliest Christians reaching beyond their own people to proclaim the Gospel to more and more. COA takes a look at its participation in this process through their activities of Outreach.