The Day of Pentecost ends the Easter Season – it is the culmination of the Great Fifty Days of the Easter season.
Here is a reflection on the collect/opening prayer for the Day of Pentecost.
Although the next time some Christians will hear reference to Ordinary Time may very well be June 13 which begins the 11th week in Ordinary (ie. “counting” – from “ordinal”) Time, Monday May 24 in fact is Monday in the 8th Ordinary Week. The 6th Ordinary Week began February 14, and the 7th Ordinary Week is not used this year (some years skip a week – why? is another blog post). IMO suggestions to use the collect for the Day of Pentecost on the days following should be ignored as it completely undermines the renewal of the Easter Season as fifty days concluding with the feast of the Day of Pentecost.
If you need a collect during this week, use the one appointed for the 8th Ordinary Week.
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In the Pentecost Duccio goes back to traditional iconographic schemes and includes the Virgin, of whom no mention is made in the Acts of the Apostles, the source of the episode.
I think this goes too far. Acts 1:13-14 has, ” When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.” (my emphasis). Acts 2:1 then continues, “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
In with the comments, please also remember to feel free to add links and suggestions for hymns, prayers, etc. for the Day of Pentecost.