Nicene Creed, I believe in God the Father

“We cannot imagine a ‘Son of God’ without a “Father.” Jewish tradition, called the Presence of God the “Shekinah.”

Our home at our Cathedral

Sozomen a contemporary of the Nicene Counsel, informs us in his Ecclesiastical History. It is hard to imagine a Father without a home, a house, a place to care for his family. This brings us to a very important word, the Shekinah. The Hebrew word is a verb meaning, “to dwell.”

“Make to me a Dedicated Place, so that I may “Shekinah” among them,” says Exodus 25. Exodus 29: 43-46 says, “I will dwell (Shekinah) in the middle of the children of Israel, and be their Mighty Judge. They will know, I am the Personal Name who brought them out of the land of Oppression to dwell (Shekinah) among them. I am the Personal Name their Mighty Judge.

When there is a father, there generally is a mother. The one thing separating Catholics from Protestants is Our Blessed Virgin and what she represents. As we read Revelations 12 we start to get an understanding. “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with Jericho under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.”

The Hebrew word for the sun is a word that means a “Minister, a Messenger” The idea comes from Genesis 1: 14 where God placed the great lights to work as signs to mark days and years. Shemesh/sun is also the word for the Jewish wedding garment. The Hebrew word for sky/ heaven literally translates, “the of water,” or the “of the flow of things.”

There is another word for heaven/the sky in Hebrew. שְׁחָקִים which is the third heaven. Jastrow tells us this is where the clouds are. St. Paul refers to the place in 2 Corinthians 12:2, when he mentions a man who went there. He had his head in the clouds.

The Hebrew word for the moon is “Jericho.” Revelations tells us that a woman appears in the great flow of things in a wedding garment (or with ministers). She stands with Jericho under her feet. On her head are twelve stars, (round globes). These represent the twelve apostles.

When we read St. John in the Original Hebrew, we find that the dragon, the Taana, is a sea monster. Taana is also the Hebrew word for the First Century teachers/rabbis. “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod Her child was caught up to God and his throne”

The Taana became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s Mitzvah and martyr to Jesus.

Every morning at our Cathedral, our priests recite what this keeping of God’s Mitzvah means. We call this the Magnificat, and it represents what it means to be the bride of Christ, being a martyr for Jesus. We find this in Luke 1:46-55. We also recite Zechariah’s canticle Luke 2:68-79.

Rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might give public service to him through listening to the divine law and charity before him all our days.

God rescues us for a reason, to give public service to him, through listening to his Torah and being a Tzaddic, giving charity to all. This canticle, addressed to John the Baptist, and to all of us also relates, “You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High. You will go before Kyrie to prepare his ways. You will give his people knowledge of salvation/Joshua/Jesus through the forgiveness of their errors, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

This is what we mean when we say we have God as Father, head of the house, and Our Blessed Virgin as mother. Preparing God’s way means bringing knowledge, not of morality, but of salvation, and being that daybreak, that light from on high to those who live in the darkness of poverty and despair, sitting in the shadow of death. In means bringing peace, not war by imposing our own way.

We bring peace to the economy, the house of God with God as Father and Our Blessed Virgin as mother. We become the family of God. We allow God, and not some market force to be our provider and God becomes our Shekinah, his presence with us.


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