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The Icon of Pentecost

Look at the picture of Pentecost differently…

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This is the festal icon of Holy Pentecost.  This particular version is Russian, likely painted in the 16th Century for the Cathedral of St. Sophia in the city of Novgorod. It might not be what you expected to see for an image of this feastday.

Here is shown the birthday of the Church, but not those dramatic moments of rushing wind,  tongues of fire, and the proclaimingof the Word in every language to amazed crowds, that are part of the Scriptural story of this wonderful day.

Instead, twelve figures are shown.  They sit together, serene, quiet and peaceful.  The composition, the gestures, and even the colors give a sense of unity and harmony. The Holy Spirit is depicted as a dark circular shape that represents the mystery of God.  Twelve rays of light emanate down from the circle, looking almost like water from a fountain, pointing down towards the twelve…

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  1. Love that the space between them is chalice.

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