Monday, 24 May 2010

Whit Week

In the Roman rite, Whit week is celebrated with great solemnity. The feast of Pentecost, or Whit Sunday, is preceded by a vigil, rather like the vigil of Easter. Not only is the Sunday itself a double to the first class, but so are the Monday and Tuesday, making it in effect a three day festival, with the Golden Sequence 'Veni sancte spiritus' said or sung at each mass. The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are Ember days, where thanksgiving is offered for the first fruits of the harvest, and prayers are said for those who will receive minor or major orders on the Saturday.

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