THE FESTIVAL OF THE PENTECOST
“I will POUR OUT my SPIRIT on all people.” Joel 2:28
Pentecost is the third great festival of the church (Christmas and Easter are the other two) and has been commemorated since at least 217 A.D. and perhaps even as early as the time of the Apostles of Jesus. “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for “fifty” and the church celebrated it as a harvest festival in the Old Testament. During that festival, fifty days after Easter, God sent the promised Counselor, which marked the birthday of the New Testament Church. In church, we see red on the altar to remind us of the tongues of fire that marked the Spirit’s gift and the blood of the martyrs, which was the seed of the Church.
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