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Today is brought to you … by the numbers fifty and twenty-five

A couple of posts ago I wrote about the number 8.
8 = 7+1, so it is about abundance, fresh start, resurrection.
50 has similarities, it is 7×7 +1
49 is a sabbath of sabbaths – 50 is the start of a new cycle of those
50 is the number of the Jubilee (Leviticus 25:8-55; 27:14-34; Numbers 36:1-9)
Pentecost πεντηκοστή ἡμέρα, pentekostē hēmera is the fiftieth day
In the early church the season of Pentecost was not the period following the Day of Pentecost, it was the 50 day season from Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost.
50 is approximately a seventh of the year – the 50 day season of Easter is celebrated as if it is one day – it is the Great Sunday of the year.
There is a connection with 8. There are 8 Sundays in the Easter Season. It has been suggested that the English expression “Whitsunday” derives from the French huit (eight), Pentecost being le huitième dimanche, the eighth Sunday of Easter.
Today is the 25th day of Easter, we are half way through the Easter Season.
You can join the facebook “event” Easter is 50 days here.

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