The day of Pentecost is the Church’s festival of the Holy Spirit. It is the third principal festival of the church year, the day on which we remember how the Holy Spirit came powerfully to a gathering of Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem.
In Polish, this Feastday is called “Święto Zielonych Świątki” or, literally, the “Holiday of Green”. Green, in the Church, is the color of hope. We’d like to “green up” the Church in a feeling of hope. If you have any green plants that you would like to decorate the church, window sills, sanctuary area; please bring them – thereby we shall emphasize the season of hope; for us, and for the Church to which Jesus promised the Holy Spirit.
Given that the liturgical color for the Solemnity of the Pentecost next week is red, perhaps it would be a kind of parish celebration of the Holy Spirit if we all wore some garment of the red color. It would bring some liturgical continuity as well as a faith-filled parochial expression of faith in the Holy Spirit. Just a thought!
Also, as this celebration has a Slavonic tradition attached whereby the Holy Spirit gives life to the Church, we have symbolized this fact in years past with bringing live plants to adorn our parish church. lf you would also like to add this to our celebration next week, please do not hesitate to do so.
With every good wish and prayer,