Τρίτη, 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

Blessing of Household Pets – Church of Saint Nicholas, Durban KZN

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Image of St Mamas
 
On Sunday 31 August 2014, the Parish of Saint Nicholas in Durban celebrated the Feast of Saint Mamas. After the service the parishioners congregated in the garden for the traditional blessing of their household pets.


The image of St. Mamas on the lion’s back serves to remind us in a symbolic manner of the theology of the Eastern Church regarding creation and man’s place in it as a part thereof. Although we divide creation into inanimate and animate being and further distinguish man as intelligent animate creation, we treat all of creation as a unity in which mankind plays a significant role.

Saint Mamas Day Durban 2

The cosmology of the Eastern Church as illustrated in the icon of St. Mamas is sorely tried in these times when the plunder and ruthless exploitation of the earth’s resources for the benefit of the few and to the exclusion of the many and of future generations is the norm. The rich tradition within Eastern Christianity has consistently taught the sacredness of the world and the interrelationship of humanity with all of life. The radically communitarian vision becomes clear in the patristic teaching that links the salvation of mankind with the salvation of the world. Again and again, the tradition instructs us to have compassion for the whole universe and every living creature which are the works of God. Our icon illustrates this bond between dominion and stewardship. Ref:  THE COSMOLOGY OF THE EASTERN CHURCH at http://www.byzantines.net/epiphany/cosmology.htm

Saint Mamas Day - Pater

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