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Sunday, June 12 was Pentecost which commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles on the day of the Jewish festival of that name. The word means fiftieth day and in the Christian tradition takes place approximately fifty days after Easter. Altar and vestment colors are red symbolizing the tongues of flame that represent the Holy Spirit. Bishop Hartley explained that in the Anglican tradition the day is also known as Whitsunday or white Sunday after the white robes worn by those being baptized on that day in the early church.
This Sunday was the spring picnic day for us and we had originally planned to hold it on our outdoor picnic grounds, but as clouds were threatening we held a semi-picnic in which Joe Criswell grilled outdoors and we ate in the parish hall.
Wednesday evenings we have evening prayer at 6:30 followed by Bible study during which Bishop Hartley has been leading a “Whatever Happened to…” study of the biographies and oral traditions of Biblical figures. So far we have studied Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha and Mary Magdalene.
Everyone is welcome at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church where Bishop Glen Hartley holds services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.