Tuesday, June 9

The Feast of the Holy Spirit...

The dove is not really a symbol of the Holy Spirit during the feast of Pentecost in the Orthodox Church. Rather, we use the color green for our liturgical covers to represent new life and focus more on the tongues of fire that descended onto the Apostles. However, I wanted to do a craft for Pentecost and thought that these floating doves would be really nice to hang over our kitchen table. I drew and cut the bird shapes out and Sugar Plum colored in green eyes and the beak on each one. Next, I cut a slit in the belly of the bird with scissors and we stuck an accordion folded piece of tissue paper through it for the wings. We punched a hole in each bird and threaded a string through each and I taped each bird to the ceiling at varying lengths. Tonight we will light a candle underneath (at a safe distance!!!) and see if the doves move.

6 comments:

Bethany Hudson said...

Ooh! I like that craft; I will have to try it with my kids when they are older. I'm Catholics, so I'm very familiar with the dove symbology, but I never knew that the dove wasn't traditional in the Orthodox faith. I love learning about how the Eastern and Western Churches compliment each other.
~Bethany

Pres. Kathy said...

What a great craft!

Alamodey said...

Those are really lovely- well done!

Emma said...

Thanks everyone!

Bethany, the dove is a symbol of the holy spirit in the Orthodox church. We especially see it for the feast of the Baptism of Christ (Theophany) and less for Pentecost (the symbol is more the flames that descended onto the Apostles). Sorry for being unclear in my post!

Hope that you are feeling well after the birth of your new little one!

Mimi said...

I love doves, and this is a beautiful craft.

Neuropoet said...

Did the doves move? :) I'm going to have to try this sometime...

~Jenny

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