Today we’re half way between Passover and Pentecost. Feasts of First Fruit and Second Fruit. The wheat and barley harvest. Both are deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian faith.
The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread– which culminates for Christian faith in Resurrection Sunday (commonly called Easter) is calculated each year by the Solar and Lunar Cycles. Because God designed things this way.
- Solar — by finding the Spring Equinox, or the day when the earth is midway between Winter and Summer Solstices. Solstice is when the sun is lowest in the sky and the sun highest in the sky, respectively.
- Lunar by finding the first full moon after the Equinox.
Because of the way the Ancient Hebrews counted their years, the Passover always begins on the first Full moon following Spring Equinox.
It’s nearly one lunar month now since Passover and with clear weather in our area we’re looking forward to another look God’s great light of the night. The full moon of May is on the 14th.
Pentecost or Shavuot commences the at Sunset June 4th. The Hebrew Holiday commemorates the Lord giving His Law on Mount Sinai. Christians remember it because the Apostles received Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit that day.
Which phase of the moon is this, and why? On June 4th the monthly lunar cycle will be 6 days old. Isn’t it interesting that for all of these thousands of years, this particular day — the 6th day of the third lunar cycle has been kept as a Holy day?
Do you have plans to remember Pentecost this year?