Holy, Holy, Holy

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James Alison, our keynote speaker at Cefn Lea this year, gives us food for thought as we journey in Lent towards Easter, and a foretaste of his two talks which will be on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

“Holy, holy holy” The first to hear these words, sung by angels, was the Prophet Isaiah, in his famous throne vision (Is 6) in the Holy of holies in the Temple. Only High Priests could enter that place and hear these words. What does it mean that, as Christians, we join in the song of the Angels in our liturgy? What does it mean that we are all the High Priest? What does the holiness of Angels in the Temple have to do with us? Indeed, why on earth should something as remote from us as High Priesthood have anything useful to offer us as a guide to life?

In the first of the two talks at Cefn Lea we will look at the downward movement of the One who “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped”, towards the Cross, a movement that as we will see, allows us to share in the vision of Isaiah so that holiness may mean something quite different for each of us “a person of unclean lips, who dwells in the midst of a people of unclean lips”. The occupation by Jesus of the place not only of death, but also of shame is central to what he was about, and therefore of what holiness might come to mean for us. This is beautifully captured in Hebrews 12,2 to which we will return time and again in our meditations:“For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of God”

In this way we will be prepared for the Good Friday Liturgy.

Then on Easter Saturday Morning we will look at the movement upwards, from the Creator resting on the seventh day to the exaltation – the raising up – of the One who was given the Name above every name. An intensive meditation on the utter vivacity and effervescence of God of which Creation is a symptom will help us here so that we may have more of a sense of what we are celebrating when we celebrate the Resurrection, who it is who comes into our midst, and what kind of difference it makes to us, opening up quite a different sort of holiness which we can live and share in our daily lives.

Any one wanting to prepare for these two sessions might enjoy reading the texts of Isaiah 6, 1- 10 Philippians 2, 5-11, Luke 23, 33-39 and John 20.

Categories LCSB | Tags: | Posted on March 6, 2017

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