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Significance of Pentecost 2019
Pentecost, also known as White Sunday, is a religious holiday that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus Christ and also recognizes the day that the church was established.
History of Pentecost
Pentecost is the Jewish Festival of Weeks, which can be found in the Hebrew Bible. Shavuot called the Festival of Weeks and is also called the Festival of Reaping or harvest. Jews traditionally read the Book of Ruth at Pentecost as the story links with the grain harvest theme of the festival. Pentecost 2019, as a Christian feast, dates back to the first century. It occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday and falls on the ancient Jewish festival called the “feast of weeks”.
In the New Testament, Pentecost was the occasion of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ and therefore became a feast commemorating this occasion. The English word “Pentecost” is a translation of the Greek word pentekostos, which means “fifty”.
It comes from the ancient Christian expression pentekoste hemera, which means fiftieth day (therefore applicable to the 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ). But Christians did not invent the phrase “fiftieth day”. Rather, they borrowed it from Greek-speaking Jews who used the phrase to refer to a Jewish holiday.
Traditions of Pentecost
Across denominational lines, Pentecost 2019 has been an opportunity for Christians to honour the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and celebrate the birth of the church. The traditions differ between church dominations, with some celebrating the holiday more significantly than others.
Some churches decorate their churches with the colour red to represent the “power and fire of the Spirit”. Churches often welcome new members or confirm existing members on Pentecost through baptisms and confirmations, and somewhat explains why some refer to the day as “White Sunday” in reference to the white clothing commonly worn for baptism. Additionally there are religious (church) services, Festive meals, Processions and Ordinations.
When is Pentecost 2019
Pentecost always occurs seven weeks after Easter Sunday; therefore 50 days after Easter (inclusive of Easter Day). In other words, it falls on the eighth Sunday (counting Easter Day)