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June 4, 2017: From the Rector
I love the fact that All Souls has adopted the dove as its emblem. Our shield has four doves, each facing a different direction. There is also a dove in a very prominent place just in front of our altar, flanked by the classic depictions of the four evangelists. Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Archeologists tells us that doves have represented some aspect of the divine for as long as we have evidence...

by Father Jadon

I love the fact that All Souls has adopted the dove as its emblem.  Our shield has four doves, each facing a different direction. There is also a dove in a very prominent place just in front of our altar, flanked by the classic depictions of the four evangelists.  Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the dove. Archeologists tells us that doves have represented some aspect of the divine for as long as we have evidence. Have you ever thought about what it might mean for All Souls’ identity to be tied to the symbolism of the dove?

Perhaps the most familiar dove imagery from the New Testament is recounted in all four of the Gospels (though in varying forms) at the Baptism of Jesus. After Jesus came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit descended on him “like a dove” say Matthew (3:16), Mark (1:10), Luke (3:22), and John (1:32), building on the pre-existing symbol of the dove as God’s Spirit (and its many other meanings).

This weekend we celebrate the Holy Spirit’s coming upon Jesus’ disciples at Pentecost to empower them and their descendants to spread the Good News. And at the same time we gather to celebrate the new ministry that is emerging among us here at All Souls in myriad ways. These are not celebrations of only one particular person now or of an event far removed by time or place. These are celebrations of all of us, here, and now. Through Baptism we ourselves are empowered by the Spirit, each one of us, to minister in the world and bear the light of Christ. So let us sing and proclaim and feast robustly. And as we do, let us truly embrace the dove as an emblem of our identity and celebrate the different directions that the Spirit is calling us. 

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