• Celebrating Pentecost

    Pentecost is a Christian Festival day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 50 days after Easter. It is sometimes called the birthday of the church as the original day of Pentecost marks the moment when the Church truly came alive.

    Pentecost is a Jewish festival held 50 days after Passover, so for the early Christians, this was 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus had told his followers to remain in Jerusalem and wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit - this was something he had promised, even before his crucifixion. His words are recorded in the Gospel of John (John 14:16-18)

    And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever; the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

    The story of the first Christian Pentecost is recorded in the book of Acts (Acts 2:1-4)

    When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

    Pentecost is a reminder that the Christian faith is more than simply a set of beliefs or aligning to historic traditions. Through the Holy Spirit, every human being is offered the opportunity to know the peace and presence of God for themselves.

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