LIFE AS MYTH

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JOURNAL 2015

1001 stories

The gift of self

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SPRING 2015

Gathering golden threads

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The golden hour

The golden age of illumination

Gathering golden threads

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THE GOLDEN HOUR

Pentecost, Giotto di Bondone. 1320-25.  National Gallery.  London. (below) The annunciation to the shepherds, Emerson White Hours, Master of the Houghton Miniatures, J. Paul Getty Museum. 15th C. There are two traditional representations of the Holy Spirit, either as a fiery flame or as a dove. The appearance of the dove as messenger includes the narratives of The Great Flood and The Baptism of Christ. They are also popular visual features in other biblical events, including The Annunciation to Mary and the shepherds (below). Along with Pentecost, the annunciation to the shepherds is associated with Terce.

 

Terce, or Third Hour [Latin, from hora tertia, third hour after dawn], is a fixed hour for prayer dating back to Apostolic times. The third hour was also the traditional hour for Eucharist on feast days. This custom derived from the biblical reference to the third hour as the time that the holy spirit descended on the apostles in the form of a flame. The third hour is also called hora aurea or hora sacra ("golden hour" or "holy hour").

Beginning with the earliest mythologies, fire has represented spirit, soul, transformation and emerging consciousness. There are many ways that fire as a symbol manifests in world mythology, including fire-based creatures, gods, myths and rituals.

Whe the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 2:1-4 [NIV]

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