Faith

“We Live By Faith”                                           W. Zeitler [ORGAN] The Order of Chivalry: Justice & the Knight’s Sword               W. Zeitler In the Star Trek movie “The Wrath of Kahn”, Spock says…

The Name Above Every Name

“The Name Above Every Name”                    W. Zeitler [ORGAN] Canzona                                D. Buxtehude (1637-1707) Since there isn’t a consonant ‘J’ sound in Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek, it’s safe to say that ‘Jesus’ wasn’t…

In The Beginning

Since we’re beginning a new year, I thought we might consider the Mother of All Beginnings — namely “In The Beginning…”. The Gospel of John famously begins “In the beginning was the Word…” Now, the Greek word for ‘Word’ here is LOGOS. ‘Word’ is actually a terrible translation for LOGOS — but there isn’t really…

Alchemical Transformations: 3. Citrinitas (Surprise)

Alchemical Transformation: 3. Citrinitas (Surprise)       W. Zeitler  [PIANO] Advent Meditation The last two weeks we’ve discussed the transformation of lead into gold in Medieval Alchemy, including the metaphorical transformation of the human heart from its default ‘leaden’ state into the ‘gold’ of Enlightenment or Oneness with God. Commonly this was described as taking…

Alchemical Transformations: 4. Rubedo (Fulfillment)

Alchemical Transformations: 4. Rubedo (“Fulfillment”) [PIANO] Advent Meditation With ‘Rubedo’ we pull together the Darkness, the Winnowing, and the Surprise of the first three steps and put them together into a completed Wholeness. When talking about Spirituality, we’re talking about things that are literally Not Of This (Physical) World. Thus, in order to talk about…

Alchemical Transformation: 1. Nigredo (Darkness)

Alchemical Transformation: 1. Nigredo (‘Darkness’) W. Zeitler [PIANO] Advent Improvisation Alchemy is an ancient philosophical and proto-scientific tradition historically practiced in China, India, the Muslim world, and Europe. Alchemists attempted to purify, mature, and perfect certain materials. Common aims were the transmutation of “base metals” (e.g., lead) into “noble metals” (like gold); the creation of…

Alchemical Transformations: 2. Albedo (Purification)

Alchemical Transformations: 2. Albedo (Purification) [PIANO] Advent Improvisation Last week we discussed the transformation of lead into gold in Medieval Alchemy, including the metaphorical transformation of the human heart from its default ‘leaden’ state into Enlightenment or Oneness with God. Commonly this was described as taking place in four steps. The first step is ‘Nigredo’…

The Great Schism

It has been observed that the Church has gone through a major upheaval roughly every 500 years. We discussed two of them a few months ago: the Reformation roughly 1500, and Constantine and the Council of Nicaea roughly 300. The last to consider is the “Great Schism” which occurred in 1054. As we have observed,…

Church and State

Chaconne                       D. Buxtehude (1637-1707)   [ORGAN] Order of Chivalry: Courtesy & the Horse’s Bridle                  W. Zeitler It has been observed that The Church has gone through a major upheaval every 500 years or so. The Reformation — around…

Division and Union

Prelude in E                                                  Bach-maninoff [PIANO] (J.S. Bach, arr. by S. Rachmaninoff) Fugue in C                                   …