Monday, November 9, 2015

We Who Mystically Represent the Cherubim

I was standing in church not long ago, singing along during liturgy, and I happened to be paying attention to the words for a brief moment while all my children were still. We were just beginning to sing the Cherubic Hymn, before the Great Entrance.

We, who mystically represent the Cherubim, and who sing the Thrice-Holy Hymn, let us now lay aside all earthly cares. 
I wondered why it is that we represent the Cherubim and promptly concluded that it must be because we sing the hymn,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth... 
I had my pat answer and was ready to move on, when I happened to look at the icon of the Theotokos, which is behind the altar and I started to think about how she became the living Mercy Seat and the abode of God.

And I was suddenly aware that we too become a dwelling place of God when we partake of His precious Body and Blood. And the passage from Exodus came to my mind, in which God commanded Moses to make the Mercy Seat and to place the Cherubim on either end: 
Then you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth.  And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end; of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark; and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are upon the ark of the testimony... 
Exodus 25:17-22
My absentminded question led to a connection far deeper than I have words to describe, and I am in awe at the mercy and loving-kindness of our Lord.

Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee!


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