June 4, 2017

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Dorothy Weir Young (1890-1947), Flower​, watercolor, 10 5/16 x 7 15/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate.

Today is Pentecost, a Christian holiday commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus Christ’s apostles following His resurrection. This moment is recorded in the second chapter of Acts. Pentecost takes place every year fifty days after Easter. Traditional celebrations last three days and include special worship services, special feasts, and prayer. In Western Christianity tradition, the color red is featured prominently during Pentecost as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Clergy wear special red clothes, and red candles and flowers often adorn churches. Today’s Artwork of the Day features Dorothy Weir Young’s watercolor of a beautiful red flower, a symbol of Pentecost.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2: 1-4

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