Friday, December 17, 2021

#AdventReading Day-17: The Christmas Mystery - Seraphiel (The 3rd Angel)


credit: Flora Waycott

To be honest, I begin to feel tired of these daily posts... :) but it's only seven days to Christmas Eve, so let's just do it!

The 17th door reveals a picture of the pilgrims' procession when Joachim opens it. The word "Seraphiel" appears on top of the piece of paper, and so Joachim and his parents read on the pilgrims' adventure for today. 

They have reached Greece today, and are coming along the bank of the River Axios in North Macedonia. A farmer sees the strange procession for few seconds (before it vanishes), and remembers that his father had seen a similar vision many years before. It means that the farmer's father saw the same pilgrims, maybe in a couple of hours later. You see, it's because the pilgrims are travelling through reversed time. And something occurred to me just now. Maybe the reversed words mystery (Elisabet - Tebasile) is about how the pilgrims will arrive in Betlehem at the same time when we celebrate Christmas? That our Christmas and the first Christmas is one of the same, though happening in two different times? And that whatever happened between both times, Christmas is and will always still be Christmas? 

Anyway, today we follow the pilgrims through Thermaic Gulf in the Aegean Sea, while gazing at the peak of Mount Olympus, in the year 569 - just a few years before the Church closed the ancient school of Philosophy who was founded by Plato in Athens. Next they come to Thessalonica (which the Roman had made the capital of Macedonia). But it is in Philippi that they meet Seraphiel, the third angel. He flies out from an octagonal church, and joins them along the road called Via Egnatia. It is already the year 511, and tomorrow they shall be in Constantinopel!

Thessalonica - or Thessaloniki - today

Meanwhile, Joachim received a phone call from John, the flower seller, and asks him whether Elisabet (the young woman whose photograph he puts on the bookstore window) is a Norwegian. John's answer is quite elusive: "Both yes and no. She was from palestine, from a little village near Betlehem. She said she was a Palestinian refugee. But it seems she was born in Norway. The whole thing's so strange." And how about the fact that John the Baptist's mother is called Elisabeth? 

I guess all will be clarified in the end, meanwhile, we must be patient, and wait for tomorrow....

Previous posts:

Day-1          - Day-13
Day-2          - Day-14
Day-3          - Day-15
Day 4          - Day-16

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