Vladminit Borovikovsky (1757-1825)
St Luke the Evangelist
Icon from the the central iconostasis of the Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburgh
This morning we celebrate the feast of St Luke the Evangelist, who wrote the Gospel bearing his own name and also the Acts of the Apostles. In iconography, the evangelists often appear in portraits derived from classical tradition, and are also frequently represented by the symbols which originate from the four "living creatures" that draw the throne-chariot of God, the Merkabah, in the vision in the Book of Ezekiel (Chapter 1) reflected in the Book of Revelation (4:6–9ff), though neither source links the creatures to the Evangelists.
Images normally, but not invariably, appear with wings like angels When the symbols of the Four Evangelists appear together, it is called a Tetramorph, and is common in the Romanesque art of Europe, in church frescoes or mural paintings. In St Andrew’s, we have the three synoptic or narrative Gospels writers represented by rather scary depictions on the pulpit, and with St John on the lectern.
Three layers of meaning for the beasts, as representing firstly the Evangelists, secondly the nature of Christ, and thirdly the virtues required of a Christian for salvation: These animals may have originally been seen as representing the highest forms of the various types of animals, i.e., man, the king of creation as the image of the creator; the lion as the king of beasts of prey (meat-eating); the ox as the king of domesticated animals (grass-eating) and the eagle as the king of the birds.
St Luke the Evangelist, the author of the third gospel account (and also of the Acts of the Apostles), is symbolized by a winged ox or bull – a figure of sacrifice, service and strength. Luke's account begins with the duties of Zechariah in the temple; it represents Jesus's sacrifice in his Passion and Crucifixion, as well as Christ being high priest (this also represents Mary's obedience). The ox signifies that Christians should be prepared to sacrifice themselves in following Christ.
Michelle has introduced an Alpha course, in Chinese, on Fridays at 7.30pm – on-line - for those who which to learn more about Christianity.
Alpha is a parish tool for evangelisation based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation. The same Alpha content is run all over the world, by Christians of all traditions, and provides a common expression of proclamation, service and witness. Millions of people have tried Alpha all around the world in 112 languages.
Contact Michelle on 0403 642 178 if you would like join the weekly event – it runs for 8 weeks.
This week at St Andrew’s:
10am - : Mattins : (in English) [join]
11am – Bi-lingual service [join]
Anytime – Video Eucharist [watch]
1.30pm – English Conversation Class [join]
10am – Morning Prayer (in Chinese) [join]
10.30am – Chat with the Vicar and friends [join]
10am – Bible study (in English) ‘The ‘I AM’ statements in St John’s Gospel’ [join]
7.30pm – Alpha Course (in Chinese) [join]
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‘Nothing to see here’
I’m not expecting Sunday’s announcement by the Premier to afford any changes to the lockdown situation for churches. However, I remain somewhat confident that we are still on target to open again towards the end of November.
However, the stage 4 lockdown has brought many people out into the church grounds but not always in a good way. The police have been here several times about rowdy behaviour of boys on bikes, and there is plenty of rubbish left strewn around as evidence of their lunch or dinner, sex in the cloister, and small parties elsewhere too. So be careful if you are walking around the back near the parish office, because there are cyclists and skateboarders cutting corners.
However, it is good to see the grounds being used.
Vladminit Borovikovsky (1757-1825)
关于这些兽，有三层含义：首先代表福音书作者们； 其次代表着基督的本性， 最后，代表着得到救恩后的基督徒的美德。这些动物可能最初被视为代表最高形式的各种类型的被造物。如人作为被造物之王， 是以造物主形象被造的；狮子是猛兽之王(食肉)；牛被称为家畜之王(食草动物)，鹰被称为鸟类之王。
如果你想参加启发课程，请致电0403 642 178联系Michelle,该课程将持续8周。
10am: 晨祷 (英文)[点击进入]
上午10点-圣经学习(英文) 关于约翰福音经文中“我是”( 点击进入)