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What are you doing for Pentecost this year?

by Lorene Hanley Duquin

It’s a question that you probably won’t hear much in the next few weeks. People get excited and plan ahead for most holidays, but Pentecost isn’t usually one of them. In fact, many people don’t really understand what Pentecost is or why it is so important in the Church calendar.

The Story of Pentecost

Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles. After Jesus rose on Easter, he appeared to the apostles over the next 40 days, teaching them the significance of what had happened to Him. They listened, but didn’t really understand, so Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, who would enlighten them and give them everything they would need to carry the Good News to people all over the world.

Then Jesus ascended into heaven, and the apostles were more confused than ever!

They gathered in an upper room with the mother of Jesus to pray. Ten days later they heard a loud noise, and the Holy Spirit descended upon them in tongues of fire. When that happened, they received spiritual gifts that transformed their lives and gave them the power to touch the lives of other people.

They ran into the streets and began to tell people about Jesus. Each person in the crowd understood the apostles in his or her own language. Thousands became believers that day.

Today we celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of the Church.

This article comes to you from Grace In Action (Our Sunday Visitor) courtesy of your parish or diocese.


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