As I was scouring the internet for a Pentecost icon for our parish newsletter, I discovered that this feast day offers the mother lode of horrendous images. Forget the 'eye of the beholder' -- there's some ugly stuff out there. When you combine tongues of fire, wind, a variety of languages, and a dove, I guess this isn't altogether surprising. But yowza!
I'm especially looking forward to this 50th day after Easter celebration since our beloved retiring bishop, Tom Shaw, will be making his last visitation to St. John's as diocesan bishop. In twelve years as a rector, I've never actually had a bishop show up on a major feast day. The Sunday after Easter, yes. Random Sunday in July, of course. So I'm thinking this will be a great day and not just because I get out of writing a sermon.
In any case, my Pentecost gift (June 8th this year) to you includes a few of my "favorites" from the online horror I encountered. (by the way, if you're looking to start a blog, I'd suggest Bad Church Clip Art -- it would go viral!)
|This looks like the oil refineries in Elizabeth, New Jersey
that are visible off exit 13A of the Turnpike.
|Can you say "Ad for Lasix surgery?"
|"Again?" What, does Pentecost bore you?
|Pentecost: As imagined by Jerry Garcia.
|There's a fine line between a flame and a dunce cap.
|Pentecost is so amazing that the guy on the right did a face palm.
|When it rains, God is crying. Or what are the Magi doing here?
|On Pentecost, everyone gets electrocuted.
|Ok, who's hungry? How about some grilled pigeon?
|May Day! May Day! We're being dive bombed by a flaming bird!
|This appears to be a scarecrow meant to keep that
pesky Holy Spirit from eating the corn stalks.