With the end of Passion Week and Lent climaxing in the celebration of Easter Sunday, we often get a lot of questions that are mixed with enthusiasm and curiosity that can be summed up this way: What’s next on the Church Calendar??!! To ask such a question is usually a good sign because it means that our ancient faith is breaking through to Christians who are wanting to know more about their own history.
On the church calendar we are moving towards Pentecost Sunday. If you are wanting to know more about what this entails let me direct you to a great resource to help with the liturgical practices associated with the church calendar. Its entitled The Voice Institute: Biblical and Theological Resources for Growing Christians. Its a wealth of theological material that has served as a guide to help us in better articulating the Christian calendar. Here is just a portion of what TVI says about Pentecost:
In many churches, the season leading up to Pentecost Sunday is one of the most neglected of the church calendar. Even in less liturgical churches that are beginning to place more emphasis on observing the church calendar, the momentum to carry observation of the church year through Pentecost…seems to be lacking.
No doubt there are a variety of reasons for this neglect. There is the simple practical fact that after five months or more of concerted effort invested in special emphases and activities from Advent to Epiphany to Lent to Easter, both ministers and parishioners may simply be mentally and emotionally exhausted. After the intensity of Lent and Holy Week there is a certain psychological “let down” after Easter.
The general misgivings toward liturgy in more evangelical churches has also led to a neglect of the more formal aspects of the church calendar. While that is rapidly changing, that change has begun with the more visible seasons of Christmas and Easter and has not yet expanded to include Pentecost. In the same vein, the more open style of worship that has tended to dominate some church traditions likewise has not lent itself to observe seasons of the church year such as Pentecost.
To read more, follow this link.