Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


From the Staff @ HIEC

Something Holy, Something Right!

JoshuaCaseAs most people know we have recently moved into our new space at Holy Innocents. It has been a fun process full of learning what goes where and how to get to what. Not a day seems to go by that we do not learn something new or something quirky about our space and ourselves as we seek to occupy it.

Recently while wandering through the old offices I came upon a room full of people. The music and sense of the space itself was inviting. Entering I was greeted with smiles and conversation. And then it hit me: something holy is happening here.

In the midst of these artists and activist there on the table top lay the outline of the theotokos. What once was a hanging that marked our parish hall as nave, was being rendered anew on new tapestry with new color and new intentionality. Listening and watching person by person cut square by square I became convinced: something holy is happening here. This was no mere-craft project for the parish, this was icon work in the 21st century.  

When Bishop Neil Atlanta blessed our new facilities he said something to the affect that, “while we bless this building today for use, this congregation, this community, all of you will spend the next however many years making it holy by your use.”

Standing there in the midst of this room full of parishioners doing holy work, I was reminded that all the work we do in and for this community is the work of the church (people) and is part of making Holy Innocents come alive, a new, for today.  

Over the course of the next several weeks as a whole parish we will get to experience our theotokos returning to our common space. She will again mark our lives, calling us to bear witness to the dreams which God has planted in us. In the days to come you will also get to hear the story of these crafts people, dare I call them iconographers, as they share with us how participating in this process has marked them.  

Be awake my friends, something holy is happening. And whether you know it or not, you are a part of it.

Joshua Case