Monday, May 20, 2013


Pentecost is a three day weekend here in Hungary.

On Saturday we went out to a small village called Mende.  The Lutheran congregation there is of Slovak descent and has maintained an old Slovak tradition.  On the Saturday before Pentecost, the young men of the congregation cut 8 poplar trees and bring them into the church.  The women of the congregation then decorate the trees with needlework and with lace.

They invited us to a marvelous congregational dinner after the service -- very much like a congregational dinner in one of our rural Iowa congregations, except for all the toasts with apricot brandy.  :-)

On Pentecost Sunday, we worshiped with a small Anglican congregation in Budapest.  It was amazing to see how the light reflected in this small, half-underground space.

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