Learn about Pentecost at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
Sunday June 9th 2019 -
Pentecost, meaning 50th day, is the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks, occurring 50 days after Passover. This term is commonly used by Christians because it's the day when early Christians received the baptism of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:1-13).
According to Christian tradition, the apostles remained in Jerusalem after the resurrection appearances of Jesus and were together in one house in Galilee on this day when the Holy Spirit came upon them, sounding like a big wind and looking like tongues of fire falling upon each of them. They began to speak to the other people gathered, Jews living in Jerusalem. Many present had immigrated from other areas. Each person heard the words in their own native dialect, an effect of having received the Spirit of Christ.
Peter preached a sermon prompting the conversion and baptism of about 3,000 people. Christians view Pentecost as the gift of the Spirit. The event fulfilled the promise Jesus gave about the return of the Holy Spirit, which was to come after his ascension. The speaking of tongues symbolizes the Church's worldwide preaching, as Christ's mission of reconciliation is for the whole world.
The Day of Pentecost is one of the principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church. It is identified by The Book of Common Prayer as one of the feasts especially appropriate for baptism.
The liturgical color for Pentecost is red. Many people wear red on Pentecost Sunday to celebrate the festival, emphasizing joy and hope. St. Patrick's Episcopal Church invites everyone to join them for this special celebration on Sunday, June 9, at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services. Coffee hour with snacks to follow in Stephenson Hall.
St. Patrick's is located at 9000 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, across from Palooza. For more information, go to www.stpatrickskenwood.org.