why do you wear red on pentecost sunday
The Sunday that is seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day is the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is the is the day on which we re-member the story given to us in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. But before he ascends, Jesus promises that he will not leave us comfortless, but will send the Holy Spirit to strengthen and to guide us, to guide the church. Ten days later, on the Day of Pentecost, Holy Spirit descended on the people gathered. (note: Pentecost is an ancient Jewish festival of the harvest, the name of which translates from the Hebrew as The Festival of Weeks. This festival is referred to in Exodus chapters 23 ad 34, and in Deuteronomy chapter 16)
In the Book of Acts, the story is told: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
So on The Day of Pentecost in the church year, fifty days of Easter and ten days after the Ascension, the clergy wear vestments to signify the work of the Spirit. It is also a custom in many churches for the people in the congregation to wear on the Day of Pentecost as well. We wear to remind us of the fire of the Spirt. In addition, a congregation with many dressed in is colorful. And perhaps most of all, it is fun. I didn't know about it. It's wonderful and shall certainly wear it tomorrow. Also am reading a beautiful book by the actual Pope on Mary and the Church - there is a lot but the words that I was reading a few mins before were on how Mary lived two Advent seasons - waiting for the birth of Jesus and the one now of the Church.
Amongst other things it also says how the devotion to Mary the Body of Christ stands for the emotional type of faith vs/conjointly with the other type of faith and different vision of the Church which is masculine and active and planning in the social sphere oriented. It also speaks about the relationship between Mary/Israel and God as a sponsal relationship and how the Word found in Mary a welcoming fertile ground and how the Church should be as such valuing enough the emotional feminine way of living faith vs the liturgical sacramental objective trend that prevailed in one of the Councils where the threads were voted and. there is so much but one word - thinking of also the Passion - comes to mind.
Love - the love of God and Jesus who suffered for us and Mary and Joseph who lovingly undertook the Parenting mission - love - the importance of our bios - again from the book - well one cannot help thinking of a red heart pusling with healthy blood and life nourishing itself on the Life. Again an emotional answer to the thread.
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