to events of wide significance, the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies to Israel on the day of Pentecost
and the extension of the
I don't do it every Sunday but when I am able to illustrate a particular point using fireworks I am more than happy to do that - for example, if you think about Moses and the burning bush and the day of Pentecost
, where the Holy Spirit manifests itself as fire and wind.
If you read the story of that 1st Century Day of Pentecost
, you will see the disciples waited on the Lord together, indoors and then after their encounter with the Holy Spirit they were out in the marketplace preaching and teaching anyone who would listen, people from every background and nationality.
On the Day of Pentecost
, each listener heard rustic Galilean apostles speak "in his own native tongue" (Acts 2:6).
Paul kept Pentecost with the Christians of Ephesus (Acts 20:6) and later spent Easter with Philippian Christians as Acts 20:16 notes: "Paul decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost
On Sunday morning, and it was the holy day of Pentecost
, our magnificent duchess, all dressed in gold brocade with jewels and marvelous necklaces, got on her horse with all her ladies-in-waiting and gentlewomen [on theirs] and once again between the most Reverend Cardinals of San Sisto and San Pietro in Vincoli, and with the Ferrarese brigade sent by Duke Ercole and they were the most beautifully dressed of all - and those of His Majesty the King [of Naples], [and they all] went to St.
AS PETER SPOKE to the crowds on the day of Pentecost
, quoting the words of Joel, he gave a stirring description of what he believed would be the day-to-day reality of the church until Jesus returned.
The presence of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost
symbolized the divine mystery at the root of the one praise of the people of God in diverse tongues.
The feast day of Pentecost
is the beginning of the Pentecost season that continues to Advent, which begins on Nov.
This is why the Son promised to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples--and actually fulfilled this on the day of Pentecost
, whereupon his church was born in the world.
The early Christians found the Day of Pentecost
much more exciting.
At the beginning of the day of Pentecost
(Acts 1), the gift of the Spirit is given to the eleven who are gathered to wait and pray; by the end of the day, the gift of the Spirit is given to those who hear the eleven speaking in their own languages.
It is that the church lives in the time of its advent; just as Jesus must grow into his full measure and intelligence, and just as he attains his perfection to the moment that "he loved to the end," so too the new body that the Spirit has given him on the day of Pentecost
must grow not only in stature but also in intelligence and fidelity to the Gospel.
The date is the popular pontiff's 38th death anniversary, and is the Roman Catholic holy day of Pentecost
The promised Holy Spirit is given on the day of Pentecost
("fifty days" counted from Passover, Leviticus 23:15-21), the traditional Feast of Weeks that remembered the giving of the law at Sinai, the time when Israel was called to be God's people.