The doors, let us attend

by Andrea Elizabeth

Perhaps the theme in The Universe as Symbols and Signs by St. Nikolai Velimirovich is here:

9. What is essential in a written word? The ink with which it is written, or the form of the letters, or the paper upon which it is written? No. The meaning of it. And what is the essential in a spoken word, or even in a voice? The mere sound? No. The meaning. Paul says, “There are many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” (Cor. 14:10)

In yesterday’s post I mentioned hope and a comprehension of the reality of invisible things. They, like “meaning” are invisible. I feel I can get too gnostic or utilitarian in thinking through this. I mentioned even earlier the idea of seeing all doors as symbols of Christ who says He is The Door. Upon further reflection, I think that not all doors are equal. The goal is for a door to be incarnated with the true meaning. I think this can mainly be true of consecrated doors, like the Royal Doors in front of the alter. In this way they become His flesh that we must enter into through the Holy Mysteries. The other doors in the Church also achieve this significance somewhat. A person’s home can become consecrated through being blessed and dedicated to the things of the Lord, and thus one could strive to walk blamelessly through the doors of one’s own home and also think of the mansions in heaven with many rooms. But not all edifices have blameless doors. One cannot only keep in mind an ideal door no matter where one is. If a door leads to a bad situation, one should at least intervene with prayer for its redemption. So in that way perhaps the good door is kept in mind when in the presence of a bad door.