Getting ready for Pentecost

Dove in flight, against a firey sky background.

It’s not even Easter; blimey! it’s not even Holy Week, and I’m already having to think ahead to Pentecost for the next edition of Inspires, the magazine of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Pentecost is that great Christian festival, falling 50 days after Easter, and 10 after the Ascension, that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.

When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force–no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. (Acts 2:1-4, The Message)

The Holy Spirit is often associated with the symbol of a dove, and of fire. The liturgical colour red. I tried to get something of those symbols in my image for Pentecost, above.

I would have said that friend and photographer-extraordinaire Steve Brown would have been proud of me for that image montage, but it lacks something of that bleak, post-apocalyptic holocaust feel that he does so well. Check out his work. (Warning the site doesn’t work 100% in Mozilla Firefox if you have particularly strict pop-up blocking.)

Anyway … back to violet, Lent and onwards to Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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