Seriously. And don’t try to pretend like you already knew. Unless, like me, you have kids who use the 1963 Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism for school. In which case, like me, maybe you found out that Pentecost is bigger than Christmas in front of your first grader then had to play it cool, like you totally knew that Pentecost was a really big deal and that you had every intention of building a traditional Pentecost tower* and putting your milk pails out on Pentecost Eve so that the Pentecost Dove would leave treats for your good little children.
No? Just me then?
I have to admit, I only just thought of the Pentecost Tower and the Dove stuff, maybe for next year . . . ? But we DO celebrate Pentecost now, usually with a bonfire cookout either at the beach or in our backyard. And s’mores. And red dresses. And we pray Come Holy Spirit and handle venomous snakes. (One of those isn’t true.)
That IS how I found out about Pentecost though. I mean, I had heard of it and everything, but until I saw this page in Jack’s catechism, I never really thought much of it.
And going by their order in the book (which is not by the calendar), Christmas is actually fourth or fifth in importance, also after the Immaculate Conception and maybe the Ascension (depending on if we’re going left-right or up-down).
Thanks to Lindsay for pointing out that (duh) they are listed in order of the liturgical calendar.
(they should be doves, I know . . . )
Belt: Old Navy
Bump: 12 weeks
Happy Pentecost everyone, hope you enjoyed it!
* and since I was really curious about what a traditional Pentecost Tower might look like, and I figured you might be too, I created this high-quality prototype:
It’s made of water, wind, fire, and a dove. You really need to balance that middle part just right.
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That tower is hilarious! I LOVE the idea of celebrating with s'mores. Thanks for sharing. And your dress looks great.
Haha! Love the "Pentecost Tower." I've never heard that Pentecost is quite that important, though. The table of liturgical precedence seems to list them in calendar order beginning with Christmas. When you consider that the liturgical year starts just before Christmas, too, then the lists in your kids' book and in the table both make sense. Problem? Solution!
Of course! The liturgical year begins with Advent. Good catch. But there's no getting around the "The Two Biggest Feasts of the Year" on the first page.
Apparently in Europe it's called Whitsunday, and they actually celebrate it. Everyone in Germany has today (Monday) off!
Thanks for the catch. :0)
I grew up with a 1950s Baltimore Catechism and we had lots of Holy Days but I hate to admit that I don't remember Pentecost being an especially big one in the Church. Holy Days are definitely fun with the way you plan them so the more we can join in on the merrier.
During the homily on Sunday, our priest pointed out that Pentecost was the beginning of the Church!
Looks like we need to step up the celebrating a bit this year! We'll at least wear red!
The "Pentecost Tower" is just so clever – love your sense of humor!
Thanks for sharing – I think we need to establish Pentecost Monday as an official holiday here in the USofA too!