Pentecost

Today is Pentecost:

A feast of the universal Church which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ, on the ancient Jewish festival called the “feast of weeks” or Pentecost (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10). Whitsunday is so called from the white garments which were worn by those who were baptised during the vigil; Pentecost (“Pfingsten” in German), is the Greek for “the fiftieth” (day after Easter).

And from the Scriptures:

1 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.2 And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.3 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.4 And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.6 At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.7 They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?8 Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language?9 We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome,11 both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”12 They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, “What does this mean?”13 But others said, scoffing, “They have had too much new wine.”

(Acts of the Apostles 2:1-13)

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