Wednesday, April 30, 2008



I don't believe that I had ever heard the term before hearing it at a Mass said by Fr. Jack Lombardi at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, MD on April 19th.

Amid the fragrance and beauty of a nearly perfect Spring day, Father put the word before those assembled.


"Perichoresis," he repeated.

"A theological term. A Greek word."

"Peri kor e sis," filled the air.

Perichoresis is a fairly big word for a much bigger reality. It is the co-mingling, the intertwining, of the Trinitarian members of the one God. Found in the Triune God are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Thoroughly mystical. Completely wonderous.


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