Friday, May 21, 2010

Celebrating the Spirit

"Descent of the Holy Spirit" by Tiziano Vecellio

This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, also known as Whitsunday. Since our children are quite small--and since Sophia's nameday and James' first birthday are next week--our celebration will be fairly simple, though we still have some fun things planned. Still, I thought I would share with you all what our family is planning to do to celebrate. Hopefully, you will be inspired as you choose from the myriad wonderful traditions out there to celebrate this feast with your family.

  • Sophia is ecstatic that we will be making and flying our own kite. Given the time constraints and the fact that my sewing machine is presently out of commission (long story), we'll be making our kite out of paper this year. But, we look forward to making one out of fabric in the future. Sophia has specified that her Pentecost kite be red--definitely in keeping with the feast!
  • Today, the kids and I are making a Holy Spirit dove mobile and talking about the seven gifts of the Spirit.
  • Coloring pages from Lent and Easter in the Domestic Church for Sophia.
  • Reading about the descent of the Holy Spirit from Tomie DePaola's Book of Bible Stories.
  • An all-white breakfast: cake doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar, slices of honeydew, and tall glasses of ice cold milk.
  • A pale, if not exclusively white, dinner: celery soup; cold chicken with mustard, cucumbers, and dill; potato salad, and Holy Spirit crackers. I'm considering serving this on a picnic when we go to fly our kite.
  • Homemade vanilla ice cream (white for Whitsun) with strawberry "flames" (slices) for dessert!

* The Bookworm's Library has been updated: Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen by Sonia Uvezian and The New Dare to Discipline by Dr. James Dobson

1 comment:

  1. We keep our celebration pretty simple- mass, special breakfast, dinner and dessert. But one thing I always hang up every year is a poster we made for Pentecost. A dove surrounded by flames with the gifts of Holy Spirit written on each and around the outside all the artwork I've collected (and cut-out of magazines) of scenes of Pentecost. It's an old faithful, although getting dog-eared. Another tradition, from the Byzantine rites, is to spread greenery and flowers around the house, to represent the abundance with which the Holy Spirit "decorates" our souls.


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