The Alpha and the Omega – the first and the last letter in Greek Alphabet, open and conclude the flow of words for expressing the human heart’s voice about its life of faith, of hope, and of love.
In Chapter 22nd at the conclusion of the Book of Revelation, the very last Book of the Bible, St. John the Apostle uses these two letters, Alpha and Omega, as the Seal and Metaphor for describing the beginning and the end of the present world.
“Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Rev. 22:12-13
These last words of the Book of Revelation connect the end of this world with the coming of the Judge, the Savior, “the Light”, “the Word”. These inspiring last words in the Bible confirm the first words of St. John’s fourth Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word…. And the Word was God… All things came to be through Him…What came to be through Him was life and this life was the light of the human race…” (John 1:1-4). This interconnection of the beginning and the end, of the first and the last, where the end becomes the beginning, where the wisdom letters of Alpha and Omega become connected together for eternity, – all these inspiring biblical expressions opened for me the door to the meditating room and carve there the Biblical composition as the sculpture-homily, which will (hopefully) speak from the wall of this church from now on.
“Alpha” – the first sculpture:
St. John’s biblical words of “the beginning” are beamed with “The Light” throughout all his five Books of the Bible. “That true light was coming into the world”, ( John 1:9) for the purpose of generating the life in this world…..Alpha, the metaphor, speaks about the beginning of the small and the great, the humble and the majestic. Like in the mother’s womb the life beginning in growth, in its innocence, in its purity, step by step, expending in motion, formation in harmony, reaching out for balance, like the music of the heart beat in rhythm, like the flower joyous in colors opening up to the sun and breathing with light, still in its beginning, still opening up to the end of times, still expending toward the horizons of glorious completion for “the new earth and new heaven”. – “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more….” Rev.21:1. It sounds here like St. John’s beautiful song of creative explosion of life, of love, of art, of goodness, of glory! The song about God’s renewal of all things: the space, the time, and the matter. Still creating in love “All Things New”!
“Omega” – the second sculpture:
This metaphor conveys the biblical message of the end of this world, connecting the end with “The Second Coming” of Our Lord of Life and Death, Jesus Christ. His coming is the coming of Justice, of Judgment, of Deliverance, of Love, of Recompense, of Correction, of All Coming to Right, of Total Completion, Manifesting in All His Creation the Eternal Will of The Creator, so the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy Will Be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven” is done forever. The “Omega” sculpture presented today is but the poor attempt of bringing to light these meditating thoughts to the surface, and mark them somehow as biblical lines. The beautiful redeemed world at its old age, marked with stigmata of the Cross as a solid base to hold in hope everything in creative progress, but somehow disoriented, disdained, polluted to its core, worn out in violence, but still in search and screaming in soul for Deliverance. The scars of wounds, the violence, the division, the brokenness float in Orbit of history together, side by side. But the Cross holds the four corners of the world together as a connecting cord of life in God’s Grace traveling in search with love for everything what is survived as Goodness in this world – Goodness to be upheld and vindicated “into the new heaven and the new earth” of The Kingdom Of God!
God Bless You!
Fr. Senior Walter M. Madej
To bring into practice the Gospel of Jesus Christ, witnessing the Kingdom of God in the marriage life, the family life, and in the community at large.
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I welcome you to the Sacred Heart of Jesus-Holy Cross Parish, Polish National Catholic Church. Please come to our Sunday Holy Mass and join us in worshiping God. We, the Catholic Community of Believers, embrace in love and care all people regardless of race, background, or nationality. Those who strive and search for God will quickly find the right place to be re-connecting with God. You don’t need to be Polish, in the same way as the one does not need to be Roman in order to belong to Roman-Catholic Church, or the one doesn’t need to be Greek in order to be the part of Greek-Orthodox Church. This world is rich with many Christian Communities that are the part of ONE-HOLY-CATHOLIC-AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST!
We are the Catholic Community of believers, independent of Roman-Catholic Jurisdiction. We are under the jurisdiction of the Polish National Catholic Church, which is the part of Old Catholic Church of Europe. (See: PNCC History). Our Beliefs are based on Holy Scripture, Apostolic Tradition, and the Ecumenical Synods from the first 10 centuries of the Catholic (Universal) Church.
Sacred Heart of Jesus-Holy Cross Parish, PNCC, is located at 206 Main St., New York Mills, NY 13417. Our Bishop of Central Diocese is the Rt. Rev. Bernard Nowicki, and our Pastor is the Very Rev. Walter Madej. Fr. Walter knows everyone by name, and he strives to embrace in love and care every member of Parish Family, and he encourages all to do the same. The vital spiritual momentum of our parish life is the Sunday Holy Mass, when all who are present vividly experience a spiritual touch with the Presence of God, and thus spiritually strengthened, be able to witness and reflect God’s Love every day and everywhere. Very simple rhythm of life! Quickly here you will find the members of our parish community to be warm, friendly, simple, and caring Catholic believers who strive to live by their faith.
-we are the part of a Catholic church where each parish decides its own destiny, welcomes all who wish to follow Christ; – we are a Catholic church where property is own by the people; – we are a Catholic Church where priests have an option to be married and live in the family, just as it was a practice in the Catholic Church through the first 10 centuries.
Polish National Catholic Church was founded in the late 19th century in the US by the Polish-American people, mostly Roman-Catholics, who were dismayed with the hierarchy of Roman-Catholic Church on many social and religious issues, such as, mistreatment and negligence of ethnic values of Polish, Lithuanian, and Slavic Immigrants, not allowing lay people their involvement in church governing life, not allowing native languages in Liturgy of Holy Mass,(Latin was the liturgical language), disputes on church properties ownership, and many other social concerns of the time. As one example, the US Catholic Church had no Polish bishops and only had few Polish priests. Mostly Irish and German bishops had been governing the US Church. Polish Immigrants arriving from the occupied Poland for over 120 years by German, Austrian, and Russian Empires, quickly learned the unjust social unfairness in Catholic Church of US. The plea for acceptance of people’s demands for improvement and more fairness in social structure in parishes has been carried by people’s delegation to Rome Holy Sea, but it was bluntly ignored and dismissed. Consequently the new movement broke off from the Roman-Catholic Church and anchored its Catholic Roots and Beliefs in the Line of Apostolic Succession via the Old Catholic Church of Europe. The first organizer of PNCC, Fr. Francis Hodur, was consecrated a Bishop by the Bishops of Old Catholic Church of Europe. The name of PNCC stands for the following: Polish – for the original Polish immigrants, who have started the movement; National – for expressing the faith through the richness of national heritages; Catholic – for holding the Catholic Doctrine as the Treasure carried through generations from the Apostles; Church – for being the vital part of Universal Church instituted by Jesus Christ.
Interestingly, many disputing issues that caused division and separation between these two churches, the Roman-Catholic church has adopted them as its own at the Vatican Council II in the 1960-ties. (More on History read “Journeying Together In Christ”, edited by Most Rev. Robert M. Nemkovich PNCC Bishop, and Most Rev. James C. Timlin Rom.-Catholic Bishop. The book contains the Report of the Polish National Catholic and Roman Catholic Dialogue 1989-2002).
Ecumenical Dialogue Roman-Catholic and PNCC – In the 1980-ties the constructive dialogue have begun between the two churches, especially encouraged by the Pope John Paul II. The representing bishops of both churches have started regular ecumenical meetings conducted by-yearly to this day. The intense studies on theological differences that had been developed on both sides over the years of separation have being discussed during regular ecumenical meetings. The first result of ecumenical meetings was the 1996 arrangement, called by historian Orzech “the limited inter-communion.” What this means is that the Roman-Catholic Church recognizes the validity of the Sacraments of the Polish National Catholic Church, on bases of which the members of PNCC can receive in Roman-Catholic church the Sacrament of Confession, Eucharist, and the Sacrament of the Sick (Last Rites). At this point the Ecumenical talks are focusing on the issue of Primacy of Pope: how these two churches differ in understanding the Primacy of Pope.(See below: PNCC View on Primacy of Pope). For more information on Ecumenical Dialogue read: “Journeying Together In Christ”, the book containing the Report of the Polish National Catholic and Roman Catholic Dialogue 1989-2002.