Pentecost, weekly post
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Pentecost, Commonly Called Whitsunday

The Collect

O God, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Simple Traditions for Pentecost

  • Here is a printable of a Litany of the Holy Ghost  to pray with your family today or during the octave. (I find that my young children do well with litanies; Since they can’t read yet, they like that they can follow along with the responses so easily).
  • Before we go to church (in red clothes, of course), we’ll try to leave enough time to go out in the backyard and walk around in the dew with bare feet (a tradition that derived from the hymn verse in “Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come” which says On our dryness pour thy dew; Wash the stains of guilt away:” Read more here. )
  • At church, we’ll be singing Hail Thee, Festival Day; Holy Spirit, Truth Divine; O Come, Creator Spirit;  and Come Down, O Love Divine.

Pentecost Quotations from the Church Fathers

St. Iranaeus: “He had promised through the prophets that in these last days he would pour out his Spirit on his servants and handmaids, and that they would prophesy. So when the Son of God became the Son of Man, the Spirit also descended upon him, becoming accustomed in this way to dwelling with the human race, to living in men and to inhabiting God’s creation. The Spirit accomplished the Father’s will in men who had grown old in sin, and gave them new life in Christ.”

St. Ambrose of Milan: “So, then, the Holy Spirit is the River, and the abundant River, which according to the Hebrews flowed from Jesus in the lands, as we have received it prophesied by the mouth of Isaiah. This is the great River which flows always and never fails. And not only a river, but also one of copious stream and overflowing greatness, as also David said: “The stream of the river makes glad the city of God . . .” Good, then, is this water, even the grace of the Spirit. Who will give this Fount to my breast? Let it spring up in me, let that which gives eternal life flow upon me. Let that Fount overflow upon us, and not flow away.

Read more at our post: “The Person of Love in the Life of God”

Homely Links

Pictured: Columbines from my garden — a traditional flower for Pentecost.


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