Pentecost Sunday - A Great Feast Day
This Sunday we celebrate the third of the three great feasts of the Church: Pentecost! This is the untamed third, the unruly third, the holiday that no one knows how to understand. First comes Christmas, celebrating the gift of Jesus. Then we have Easter, celebrating the gift of the resurrection and third we have Pentecost, celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are great at Christmas and Easter. Sometimes we even get days off from work or school. But no one seems to know what to do with Pentecost.
Pentecost was a Jewish festival that celebrated the end of the grain harvest. After Jesus’ resurrection, the Jews were celebrating this feast in an upper room when the Holy Spirit came upon them like a great wind. They saw great light, like tongue of fire surrounding their heads. It was scary and wild and it changed their lives forever. On that day, the Church was born. Many call this holiday the birthday of the church.
On Pentecost, we baptize new Christians and we confirm new members into the Episcopal Church. The Bishop will bless us with his presence at 11:00. Join us, and wear red for the fire of the Holy Spirit that came upon us once and has never left us since!
In Christ's Love,