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Description of this motif:

Whitsun(tide) falls at the the 50. day efter påske. Greek pentakostê means "50th day". In the ancient Israel Whitsun related to the wheat harvest, in Judaism its core became the momory of the giving of the commandments on Sinai. For the christians whitsun is the setting around the celebration of the Holy Spirit, which was given the apostles. Whitsun became, aside with Christmas and Easter, the third great Christian feast.

The Holy Spirit enabled the apostles to speak other languages, so that they could kunne spread Christianity as a universal message. Whitsun thus marks the beginning of Christian mission and the birthday feast of the church

Source: Gads Religionsleksikon, 1999.


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