The Pentecost, 1150-60
Champlevé enamel on copper gilt
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Today on the liturgical calendar is Pentecost, which falls on the fiftieth day after Easter, hence the name. Here's what some people say happened on the first Pentecost, per Acts 2:1–4:
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.
Appropriately, the church choir performed an anthem this morning called Sahayta, the lyrics of which were in eleven different languages. Since it was a Unitarian Church, no one but me was at all aware that it was Pentecost and therefore very appropriate for us to sing in tongues, as it were.
(And by the way, I'll also point out that the Christopher Guest film A Mighty Wind takes its name from the passage above, though that's probably obvious.)