Pentecost is one of the great celebrative days in the liturgical year. Remembering the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church after the Ascension of Jesus to the Father, Pentecost, celebrated seven weeks after Easter, is a day to celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit in the church today. Acts 2 relates the story of Pentecost.

The traditional color is red (symbolizing the biblical reference to the “wind and flames” that came down from heaven at the time of the ascension of the Holy Spirit.) Pentecost Sunday is the last day of the Season and Cycle of Easter. – PHPC

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Kindle in us
The Fire of Your Love.

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Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15"If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17the 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[c] in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." 22Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"

23Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25"All this I have spoken while still with you. 26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28"You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. "Come now; let us leave.
John 14:15-31

Jewish Pentecost

Also called: Feast of Weeks, Feast of Harvest, and Feast of the First Fruits. In remembrance of the Moses receiving the Law; the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God with fire making the Covenant with the People of God. on Mount Sinai.- (Exodus 19, 20, Leviticus 23).

This was 50 days after the “Jewish Passover” when the Angel of Death passed over the doors which were marked with the lambs blood; the freedom of the Jews from Egypt.

Christian Pentecost

Also called Whitsunday. The great feast of the “Christian Pentecost” in Acts 2, is celebrated on the Sunday, 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ. God engraved his Commandments not one stone, but in the heart of every Christian by the power of the Holy Spirit beginning the Church of Christ.
– (Acts 2, Joel 2:28-32, Jeremiah 31:33-34, Hebrews 8:8-12).

Jewish Pentecost is 50 days after the Passover.
Christian Pentecost is 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ.

Pentecost is the seventh Sunday after Easter. Pentecost is the Greek word for 50 days after. Recorded in the New Testament in Acts 2 it was on the fiftieth day after Easter that the Apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them where the disciples received the “gift of tongues” the ability to speak in other languages and immediately began preaching about Jesus Christ, proclaiming Christ to the world. thus creating the Birth of the Christian Church. The English call Pentecost, White Sunday or Whitsunday in reference to the white clothing worn by those who were baptized that day.

Christians celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Since the Jewish Pentecost is the fiftieth day of Passover, the Christian Pentecost is the fiftieth day of Easter.

Pentecost was a Jewish holy day and is also called the Feast of Weeks; the Feast of Harvest. This feast of thanksgiving takes place 50 days after the Jewish Passover; Feast of Unleavened Bread. The day of Pentecost is also exactly 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus.

Christians celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples, on human flesh to give birth to the Church. Note: Pentecost is not the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit made His first appearance in Genesis 1:2.

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.

4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"

13Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine."
Acts 2:1-13

The Season After Pentecost

The Season after Pentecost is called Kingdomtide, Dominiontide, and Ordinary Time. It could also be called Extraordinary Time! The Season after Pentecost begins the day after Pentecost and ends the day before Advent. This is much more than just the leftovers of Easter Season and Christmas Season. This is the time when we are sent out into the world to proclaim the Word of God. This is the time when we continue to grow in Christ, to be sanctified in Christ, to be like Christ. This is the time when the Church fulfills the Great Commission:

“You will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

The Great Commission

“Go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

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