Living Stones: 1st Peter at the Close of Epiphany

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

The reading for 2nd Vespers for Epiphany at Queen of Angels Monastery, 1st Peter 2:4-10, may be part of a portion of a theology of beauty that focuses on architecture and building:

1st Peter 2:4-10 (NAB):

Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  For it says in scripture,

"Behold, I am laying a cornerstone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame."

Therefore, its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith:

"The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"

and

"A stone that will make people stumble, and a rock that will make them fall."

They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny.

But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce his praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."

Once you were "no people" but now you are God's people; you "had not received mercy," but now you have received mercy.

The cross on top of the lantern of the chapel for Queen of Angels Monastery.
credit: Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB