Pentecost – Taking Flight


Novena to the Holy Spirit

The Novena in Honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Christ prior to his ascension when he sent the apostles to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit. Addressed to the Third Person of the Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Novena begins on the day after Ascension, Friday of the 6th Week of Easter, even if the Solemnity of the Ascension is transferred to the 7th Sunday. A group in my church will be praying this beginning on Friday and ending on the evening of the Pentecost Vigil. Won’t you join us? -From Celebrating Sacred Time by Jan Neal, in the ECVA Sketchbook

On View: Taking Flight, a Pentecost installation of St Paul’s Episcopal CHurch in Greenville, North Carolina. The creator Charles Chamberlain writes, “We have operated on the schema that we will always involve our whole parish in any project. We believe that if we do otherwise, then what we do will become nothing more than a nice decoration. By involving everyone, it definitely springs from the community for whom it provides liturgical meaning.” From Resources at Episcopal Church & Visual Arts.

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