The blog titled The Hermeneutic of Continuity authored by a Fr. Tim Finigan utilizes curious terminology which I have recently witnessed in use by other nominally Catholic authors. Fr. Finigan publishes a lovely image of a traditional Latin High Mass with incense wafting through the sanctuary with the following caption:
“… The first [image] is of the sanctuary during the Canon of the Mass. The incense is a fitting symbol of the shekinah, the cloud of the presence and the glory of God.”
One wonders where Fr. Finigan picked up the feminine noun “Shekinah” and the association of this feminine noun with God. I do know that he has not found it in the Bible, New Testament or Old. I also know he has not found it anywhere in the traditional Church canon. I can offer a few suggestions as to where the use of that rabbi-fabricated feminine noun may have been picked up–the rabbinic texts; Midrash, Talmud, Zohar, etc., perhaps some Masonic handbook, or perhaps it was some silly Judaizing pop-culture source such as The Da Vinci Code. In any case, it is sad, but not surprising to see this ridiculous rabbinic concept in use by a traditionalist priest.
The “Shekinah” is the female aspect of the dualistic male/female god of Judaism and Masonry:
Shekhinah is feminine, and She is a part of Masonry whether we want to admit it or not, if for no other reason than she represents LIGHT. In Hebrew tradition, Shekhinah is the Feminine face/aspect of god. She was the ancient Hebrew Goddess of wisdom and joy, the feminine part of Yahweh, and the light that dwelt within everything. She lived at the root of the Tree of Life, residing within the acacia, the tree that produces gum arabic, the glue that holds the world together. Her foundations can be traced back to the early Goddess imagery of Asherah and Astarte.
More on the rabbi-fabricated “Shekinah” here: