The interior of the Chapel of Divine Mercy replicates, as faithfully as possible, the Tabernacle God described in Exodus 25. We are told in Hebrews that this earthly Tabernacle is a copy of the heavenly one. How better to worship God than to worship Him as does the whole company in heaven.
THE FIRST THREE SPRING FEASTS
(Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits)
The seven festivals of the Lord found in Leviticus 23 were given by God to teach His people the role the Messiah would play in redeeming and restoring creation back to God. They help us understand God's plan of redemption for the world and our personal relationship to Him (Rom.15:4). They foreshadow things to come (Col. 2:16-17, Heb. 10:1, I Cor. 10:1-6,11). They are called “holy convocations” which actually means “rehearsals.” The first three spring festivals, Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot), and First Fruits (Yom Habikkurim), overlap. For the Christian, they present a portrait of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
THE FEAST OF PENTECOST
Shavuot commemorates the single most important event in Jewish history— the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai — exactly seven weeks after the Exodus. Since Shavuot occurs on the 50th day after Passover, the Greek translators of the Torah called this day “Pentecost,” meaning “fifty.” Just as Shavuot at Mount Sinai is considered the day on which Judaism was born, Pentecost marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit that came down on those in the Upper Room on the Feast of Shavuot. On Shavuot, a wave offering of two loaves of bread made of fine flour and leaven is presented to the Lord. For Christians, they represent the Jew and non-Jew together as one body in Jesus. Made of fine flour, the loaves symbolize Jesus’ perfect righteousness. The leaven represents the sin in the lives of the Jew and the non-Jew until Jesus’ return.
CELEBRATING THE FALL FEASTS
(Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles)
The fall festival season begins with The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah) which is considered the start of the Jewish New Year and is the beginning of a period of ten days of soul-searching known as the High Holy Days, culminating on the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). For Christians, these two feasts have to do with the second coming of Jesus, the Christ (Messiah) and have, of course, yet to be fulfilled. The last feast of the year, the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), is observed shortly later as required in the book of Zechariah.
The Chapel of Divine Mercy is part of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC) headquartered in Malvern, NY. We belong to the Diocese of Florida. Our Bishop is David Simpson in Miramar, Fl.
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