The Altar of Agnus Dei

Dear People of God at Transfiguration,

 If you have not yet seen the Chapel which has been set up in the old Rectory, try to find an opportunity to visit. 

An old altar, from the earlier Transfiguration Church building, was found in the rectory garage, and lovingly restored for use. The front of the altar has a representation of the Agnus Dei, (Latin for Lamb of God) a symbol of Christ derived from John 1:29,  wherein John, who is baptizing folks in the Jordon River, says, “Behold, the Lamb of God…;” and from Isaiah 53:7, as Isaiah says of the long-desired  Messiah, “He was oppressed,…afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth, He is as a lamb to the slaughter, as a sheep before her slaughters is dumb, so He opens not His mouth.”  As Fr. Bob pointed out this Sunday past, we are struck with the contrast between the concepts of our Lord as Christ the King, and Christ as suffering servant in our behalf.   Ruler and servant, all for  our sakes.   This symbol, the Agnus Dei, is thought to have been in use by the Christian Church since the fifth century, in Rome.

The mid-week Mass is celebrated in the lovely Chapel each Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM, followed by Bible Study at 10:00 AM.  All are welcome, of course, and you may be assured that this is not by any means a solemn, staid approach to Scripture, but rather a lively discussion from which we all derive a great deal of joy and thought-provoking interaction.  We shall hope to see many of you there as together we seek the Kingdom of God.

Susan Smith-Allen

Last modified on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:47

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