"> April 2024 – Prince of Peace

Sunday, April 21

Dear Friends,

As mentioned last weekend through the generosity of the Kolo Club “Marian” and various other volunteers an donors, the choir loft balcony has been renovated and proudly displays the images of Christ the Teacher flanked by rondels depicting the Four Evangelists. The Rondels themselves are from St. Peter’s Church and were restored. Looking at them you can see the traditional images associated with the Gospel authors, the evangelists.

The images are a man or angel, a lion, an ox and an eagle. These represent the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John respectively. The reason behind the images comes to use from Scripture. In the first chapter of the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, we are given an account of a vision of Heaven. In this vision, Ezekiel sees what he calls the “Four Living Creatures.” These figures show up again in the Book of Revelation. They are a visual representation of the angels, specifically the Cherubim. The word “angel” itself literally means “messenger of God.” Even from this perspective we can start to see how associating these images with the evangelists points us in the direction of them being the messengers of the New Testament.

Matthew the Evangelist, the author of he first gospel account is symbolized by a winged man or angel. Matthew’s gospel starts with Joseph’s genealogy from Abraham, it represents Jesus’ Incarnation and so Christ’s human nature. This signifies that Christians should use their reason for salvation.

Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second gospel account, is symbolized by a winged lion–a figure of courage and monarchy. The lion also represents Jesus’ resurrection and Christ as king. This signifies that Christians should be courageous on the path of salvation.

Luke the Evangelist, the author of the third gospel account is symbolized by a winged ox or bull–a figure of sacrifice, service and strength. Luke’s account begins with the duties of Zechariah in the temple, it represents Jesus’ sacrifice in His Passion and crucifixion, as well as Christ being high priest. This ox signifies that Christians should be prepared to sacrifice themselves in following Christ.

John the Evangelist, the author of the fourth gospel account is symbolized by an eagle–a figure of t and believed by Christian scholars to be able to look straight into the sun. John starts with an eternal overview of Jesus the Logos and goes on to describe many things with a “higher” Christology than the other three (synoptic) gospels. It represents Jesus’ Ascension and Christ’s divine nature. This symbolizes that Christians should look on eternity without flinching as they journey towards their goal of union with God.

The Evangelists were inspired by God to write the Four Gospels through which we learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ. As mentioned, Christ the Teacher sits between the Evangelists in the center to show that it is He Himself Who teaches us through their Gospels.

Fr. Arena

Spaghetti On Second Dinner

Our next Spaghetti On Second Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th from 11:30am to 2:00pm in the Parish Center of Prince of Peace Parish.

The dinner includes a tossed salad, Italian bread, homemade pasta, two meatballs and coffee. The cost of the dinner is $12.00 and pre-purchased tickets are necessary. Bottled water and soda are available for $1.00 each. We will have desserts for you to purchase at the dinner.

You may contact the Parish Office at 717-985-1330 to purchase your tickets or reserve them for purchasing at the dinner.

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy our Spaghetti On Second dinner prepared by our spaghetti committee and volunteers. Upon entering the Parish Center you may feel like you’re in “Little Italy”.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Bishop Timothy C. Senior would like us to join him in prayer for the protection of all children and the most vulnerable. May God bless our work to do all we can to protect every child, and to prevent child abuse, especially those in our care. Pray also that all those who have been abused or affected by abuse may find healing and peace.

During the month of April we call particular attention to the responsibility that we all share to protect children and all who are vulnerable among us from any abuse.