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Offline Rosehip

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Greenery at Pentecost
« on: June 22, 2008, 08:13:45 PM »
What is the reason for decorating the church with greenery at Pentecost?
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Re: Greenery at Pentecost
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008, 10:10:08 PM »
Green is the colour of the Holy Spirit. the "Giver of Life".

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Re: Greenery at Pentecost
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2008, 09:36:08 AM »
Green is the colour of the Holy Spirit. the "Giver of Life".

That's what I thought too, but recently someone told me it was to keep the evil spirits away.
Then  I found this article: http://ausis.gf.vu.lt/eka/customs/pentecost.html
which I found quite interesting.
 
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Re: Greenery at Pentecost
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2008, 02:26:16 PM »
That's what I thought too, but recently someone told me it was to keep the evil spirits away.

The Divine Liturgy always sends the demons fleeing... regardless of the dominant colors of the liturgical season.


I found this article: http://ausis.gf.vu.lt/eka/customs/pentecost.html
which I found quite interesting.

Very interesting indeed.  Thanks for sharing!


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When Christianity spread throughout Lithuania, priests turned these ancient walkings around grain fields into blessings of the grain fields.
People gathered in one farmstead upon the priests' arrival and went together to bless the grain fields. Feasting took place after the blessing.

I love Orthodoxy's eagerness to transform (not obliterate) pious pagan customs into the fullness of Christian worship.
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Re: Greenery at Pentecost
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2008, 04:29:43 PM »
Yes, Seraphim, it is only with the help of the process of time and the good folks here that I am beginning to overcome my fears of all things "pagan" - a fear which was planted in my heart by my strict evangelical, iconoclastic former affiliation. Slowly, slowly I too am able to see the tremendous beauty and wisdom of the Church for doing as She does and has done, and am beginning to see that perhaps my own "paganophobia" stems from my own deep-rooted paganism. Does this make sense? Weird. I know it likely sounds peculiar.
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Re: Greenery at Pentecost
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2008, 01:39:34 AM »
Slowly, slowly I too am able to see the tremendous beauty and wisdom of the Church for doing as She does and has done, and am beginning to see that perhaps my own "paganophobia" stems from my own deep-rooted paganism. Does this make sense? Weird. I know it likely sounds peculiar.

Not peculiar at all.  It is very understandable.  And may God bless you as you continue on your journey!
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