DAY OF PENTECOST
On the day of Pentecost, we celebrate the fact that our Lord sent the Holy Spirit---the Comforter and Strengthener, to sustain the faith of the Apostles. On receiving this gift, the Apostles went out into the world to preach, teach and baptize in Christ’s name.
On Pentecost or Whitsunday, we celebrate the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to his followers that he would send the Holy Spirit to them: “………the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. The Gospel of St. John
At Pentecost, (the fiftieth day) from Passover, the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly a loud sound came from heaven and filled the entire house. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirt gave them ability. Each heard in their own language the Good News. Acts 2
We celebrate the Gift of the Holy Spirit, as the birth of the Church. The color for this day is RED, symbolizing the TONGUES OF FIRE.
Following the Day of Pentecost, is the Pentecost Season or what is sometimes understood by some as "ordinary time"(counted time), a period of the church year not dedicated to a particular season or observation. It begins on the Monday following Pentecost and continues through most of the summer and autumn.
From this time on the color will be green to symbolize the growth and life of the church. During this time we hear the lessons of Jesus' teachings and learn how to live the Christian life. It is the longest season of the church year, from Trinity Sunday until the First Sunday in Advent.