Celebrating the feasts of the Church helps us to connect deeply to the spirit of the season, and helps us to grow spiritually. Remember, doing one thing with intention is better than pressuring yourself to do everything, and feeling distracted and anxious. Embrace the season in joy and peace!
Learn more about Pentecost:
- 49 + 1: Pentecost and the Life Beyond Time
- Holy Pentecost, from Fr Alexander Schmemann
- Pentecost on Orthodox Wiki
- Pentecost: the Descent of the Holy Spirit, on the OCA website
- The Feast of Holy Pentecost, a great resource from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
- Fr Stephen Freeman’s post on Pentecost and Creation
Some simple ways to celebrate the feast with your family:
- Attend liturgy
- Bake a birthday cake for the Church and decorate it with a peony (also known as the Pentecost rose) and twelve pure beeswax candles to represent the the twelve apostles
- Create some simple paper doves to decorate
- Sing O Heavenly King at meals and in prayers
- Wear green!
- Listen to Chrissi Hart read The Feast of Pentecost
- Talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we received at baptism into the Church
- Use beeswax candles instead of artificial lights
- Wouldn’t it be pretty to wear flower crowns to liturgy? Even a very simple one with inexpensive baby’s breath or carnations would be lovely. With a little florist’s tape, ribbon, safety pins, and some cuttings from your yard, you could make sweet boutonnieres for your whole family.
This has traditionally been the time to bless the first fruits of harvest; a great way to acknowledge this is to make an effort to recognize the bounty of summer in your meals. Attend farmers’ markets, seek out opportunities to pick fruits locally.
I hope you have a blessed feast day!