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The Rhythm of the Christian Year : Renewing the Religious Cycle of Festivals - Emil Bock

The Rhythm of the Christian Year

Renewing the Religious Cycle of Festivals

By: Emil Bock

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780863153082
Number Of Pages: 240

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For many people today, the intimate connection that exists between the human being and the seasonal rhythms of the year has been lost. Emancipated from nature by the progress of modern technology, we have at the same time become alienated from the Earth's cyclical patterns. Our religious life, once so deeply embedded in and supported by the natural world, has increasingly lost awareness of the profound rhythm in the festive year. Only perhaps at Christmas time and at Easter does a vague memory survive of the inter-relationship between earthly and cosmic events. In this collection of festival meditations, Emil Bock explores ways to deepen our understanding of the Christian festive year. An active renewal of the festivals today can not only heighten our appreciation of the Earth as a living organism, but can provide new energy for humanity's social life. Above all, the festivals are opportunities for new understanding of the Christ mystery that is breaking through in our time - the revelation of Christ in the etheric world. Nature is awaiting its own redemption through the work of man. In this sense, Bock's meditations are a clarion call for humanity to awaken to the spiritual task of our age.

Prefacep. 7
Second Coming of Christ: From Faith to Visionp. 9
The Time Before Christmasp. 19
The Midnight Hour of the Yearp. 29
The New Year in the Light of Epiphanyp. 35
The Battle of Life with Deathp. 43
Passion Weeks in the Year's Coursep. 53
Holy Weekp. 61
Golgotha and the Grailp. 65
Behold, this is Man!p. 73
Easter and the Cosmosp. 79
Christ, Lord of the Elementsp. 87
The Festival of Ascensionp. 99
Whitsun: Festival of the Futurep. 107
Holy Spirit - Healing Spiritp. 115
Healing Through the Spiritp. 125
Between Whitsun and St. John's Tidep. 133
Summer Solsticep. 143
From Pagan Summer Solstice to Christian St. John's Tidep. 147
St. John's Tide in the Year's Rhythmp. 161
Transformations of Michaelp. 171
Human Beings, Angels and Archangelsp. 177
Michael, Lord of Progressp. 195
Christ and Michaelp. 205
The Michael-Thought: Festival of What is Developingp. 215
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ISBN: 9780863153082
ISBN-10: 0863153089
Series: Renewing the Religious Cycle of Festivals
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: FLORIS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.75  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.52