Easter and Pentecost

  • Today, I confess that I am glad the clouds are with us. I needed a break from the sun. It’s true – the sun can provide beautiful shadows, but the heat from the sun can also be relentless.


  • You know what I learned this weekend?  I learned that don’t like setting off fireworks at home. You’d think I’d already know this, but apparently, this was the year for me to really learn it.

    Why am I sharing this, with you, now?  Well, this revelation has had an affect on my spirituality – that’s why.


  • My heart is full this Monday. Why? Because the Church is stepping up during this time of great uncertainty, and that inspires me. Here’s how, through prayers and service:


Instead of finding a sealed tomb, the women who had come at dawn on Sunday are surprised by an angel who announces astonishing news: "Jesus has been raised from the dead" (Matt. 28:7). The heavenly messenger invites the mourners to see the empty tomb and then go and tell the disciples that the Crucified One is alive!

The season from Easter to Pentecost is also called the Great Fifty Days, a tradition inspired by the Jewish season of fifty days between Passover and Shavuot—the feast celebrating the giving of the Torah to Moses.

The liturgical color for this season is celebratory White or Gold. When the season ends on Pentecost Sunday, White is replaced with Red. This color reminds the congregation of fire—the symbol of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost the Holy Spirit overpowered the barriers of culture and race. The first Sunday after Pentecost celebrates the Trinity, and the color again is White or Gold.