I see some discussion of the Pentecost Octave on NLM. Make use of the ballot box there, if you wish. One commentator:
Out of curiosity to those who said no, what’s your reasoning for believing that it should not be, or is not even something to consider?
While I’m aware of the importance of the number 8 in the liturgical imagination, there are overarching numbers for us to put in the spotlight:
- Fifty, for the days of Easter
- Forty, for the days of Lent
- Twelve, for the days of Christmas (And yes, for the record, I’m in favor of keeping the observance of Epiphany on January 6th, for lots of reasons.)
I think that placing the commemoration of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem (and the synoptic Passion(s)) on the last Sunday of Lent works without constructing an octave. The liturgy of the following three days strikes me as an adequate observance.
I’m aware of the former unity in observing the Resurrection, Ascension, and Descent of the Holy Spirit. And partly because it’s been a liturgical rhythm for all of my Catholic life, I find that Pentecost has proper dignity as the last day of Fifty, rather than the first day of Eight.
Easter has both Eight and Fifty, and that befits the major feast of Christendom. Christmas has (or should have) Twelve–more than Eight, and also appropriate for the observance of the Nativity and Theophany.
Easter has unexplored potential in those Fifty Days, and I’m disinclined to see liturgical appendages sewn on to the concluding feasts of the Nativity and Resurrection observances. Can we just focus on Jesus Christ, and not on the number eight?
That said, if some Christians have or want to develop a devotional life for the Holy Spirit or for the Epiphany/Theophany, I don’t see a problem with taking prayer time to further extend the virtues of the season if Fifty or Twelve haven’t been enough. But a simple return to preconciliar practice for some exercise in nostalgia just doesn’t square with the greater values preached in the Catholic liturgy.