Pentecost Sunday – What does it mean?

PENTECOST Sunday is Sunday, May 23rd.

The Jewish people gathered every year in Jerusalem for Pentecost. The feast of Pentecost began because they wanted to remember how God took care of them and they offered a great harvest of ‘first fruits’.

In Acts 2, we know that Jerusalem was filled with people celebrating Pentecost. Jesus had told his friends to stay and wait for the Holy Spirit and on Pentecost it happened. They were empowered and given the gifts they needed to love and to live and to speak of the new mission of the church….that God’s love is for everyone! It is known as the ‘birthday of the church’. It was a new beginning of inviting everyone to know that Jesus died for them and that as a church we can make the journey together to our heavenly home.

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter. Red vestments and red altar cloths will be used as a symbol of the flames of fire noticed over the heads of the disciples in the upper room.

We also ask the Holy Spirit to empower US to love, serve and share our faith!
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