The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

Sunday series: 04/12/2009 (#30)

Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11:15am

Bible reading:

“1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
(Mark 16:1-8, 15-18 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. Resurrection Sunday (Easter)
  2. Sitting in the balcony for a change,
    • very steep, sitting in the second row from the top, crowded,
    • beautiful view of the sanctuary, but afraid of heights;
  3. I can’t understand the fascination with those ridiculous hats [on] Easter. What’s the Christian relation with those hats?
  4. Laugh at death since Jesus’ death wins over death, sin and gives us eternal life.
  5. “Jesus is on the loose.”

Comments now:

  1. I spent approximately nine (9) hours in church from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday — eight (8) consecutive days.
  2. Chisinau jewI still can’t make sense of those stupid and arrogantly flashy Easter hats. I grew up with the understanding that you must take off any hat when entering the sanctuary, but these people dare to wear them. After all, if you don’t enter a court of law wearing a hat, why would you wear it when entering a temple? Needless to say (type), a yamaka (from Aramaic “yerai malka” meaning “fear of or respect for The King”) is a different story as it’s used to cover one’s crown out of respect for God (Talmud Shabbat 156b, Kiddushin 31a & Shabbat 118b).

    “Cover your head so that the fear of heaven may be upon you. – Talmud Shabbat 156b
    R. Huna son of R. Joshua would not walk four cubits bareheaded, saying: The Shechinah [Divine Presence] is above my head. – Talmud Kiddushin 31a
    R. Huna son of R. Joshua said: May I be rewarded for never walking four cubits bareheaded. – Talmud Shabbat 118b”


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