The blog of Jenny Hainsworth
interesting post. that passage in isaiah has alway been magical and I think at times i comprehend it and at other times that i am utterly deluded in what i think. i'd like to hear more of gloss on this passge by you:)
That's a great quote. I mean, the Eucharist is so visible in the type of Isaiah 6 it's almost ridiculous. But it's nice to see that St. Ephraim thinks so too.
It wasn't so obvious in my former delusion ... then after being chrismated, I read it and went, whoa! That is obvious.Heiko Schlieper made (wrote?) an icon (apparently the first) of this scene in a church in Edmonton.
There is an amazing and newly translated hymn by St. Ephraim in the new SVTQ. It's on the meaning of paganism, and is brillant. Ephraim is awesome! A few years ago Krista and I went over to David Goa's and sat around his fire and he read us the whole life of St. Ephraim, including how he'd been imprisoned in early life for stealing a cow, and later the part where he stole the books of a famous heretic by sweet talking his land-lady, glued all the pages together with 'fish-glue,' and then sneakily returned the book. Ha! And then later when he started working for the government and invented a sort of 'social safety net' for the ancient world like free public healthcare. All that and a poet as well...
Yes, Heiko did indeed develop a composite image of the Isaiah 6 vision for the West wall of St. George the Victory Bearer. I believe there were some elements from various Serbian monasteries as prototypes that he wove together.
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