New England’s Pentecost

Did not want you all here to miss the post in honor of today’s Great Feast. Joyous Feast to you all!

Boston Pilgrim Tours

June 7, 2014, Eve of the Feast of Pentecost: The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church

meetinghouseA few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of visiting the site of John Eliot’s first and oldest mission to the native Massachusett/Algonquian people of eastern New England: the first Meetinghouse of the Praying Indians of Natick, MA. Across the street from the meetinghouse, in a tiny, but lovely little brick structure lives the Bacon Free Library, and inside the library is a precious relic from New England’s religious heritage: a second edition original of John Eliot’s Bible translation into the language of the native people of Massachusetts! It sounds a bit odd from what we know of the subsequent history and relationship between the English Puritans (along with later settlers) and the Native Americans that there was a translation made of the whole Bible into a language only spoken…

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