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May 16th, 2016 by Webminister

Reflection: May 15 – Pentecost Sunday

         I was asked last week about another name for Pentecost. It is Whitsunday and comes from Europe. I was asked what it meant and so I looked it up. It’s more of an Anglican term and is used frequently in the Church of England and other parts of Europe.

         Whitsunday is another name for Pentecost and comes from Old English. It literally means “white Sunday” and probably was a reference to those who were either newly baptized during Easter or those about to be baptized at the Pentecost worship service; both groups of people wore white. And so, it became known as White Sunday. There are more elaborate explanations that have to do with the summer festival and European holidays. Whitsuntide is the time after Whitsunday and there are many European countries which have holidays. Some explanations are also connected to the word “wit,” which has to do with wisdom, as in “having our wits about us.” The idea is that the Holy Spirit brought the gift of wisdom. It’s likely that all the meanings are mashed together in the word “Whitsunday.”

         It is interesting to note that, as we see about us, there are many symbols for the Spirit. There’s the dove, a lighthouse, a mountain or large rock, an ark-like symbol representing the church, fire, wind, breath, and the colours red, orange and yellow. The Hebrew word for Spirit generally means breath or wind, and it is the same for the Greek word.

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