The Day of Pentecost

Painting above “Pentecost” by Emil Nolde, 1912

Whitsunday, or Pentecost, is a Principle Feast in the Episcopal Church. That means it is one of the seven “high-holy days” of the church year. For the past several years our celebration of Pentecost has included readings in many different languages to demonstrate the powerful miracle of comprehension brought about by the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the apostles.

This year, instead of a few multilingual verses, we will be celebrating the Eucharist with a bilingual liturgy – a mix of both English and Spanish. San Antonio is, undoubtedly, a multilingual city, but Spanish holds a prominent place in the culture. Several selections of service music come from a bilingual mass setting called Missa Guadalupe, by composer Joel Martinson. The readings and prayers will alternate fluently between English and Spanish. If you are not a Spanish speaker (or if you are not an English speaker) the bulletin should help guide you along in the liturgy.

On this feast of Pentecost, my prayer is that our liturgy will be enriched by praying in more than one tongue. God is still speaking, in many different ways, to us, his disciples.

Veni Sancte Spiritus. Come Holy Spirit.