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Pentecost Sunday

"There appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:3-4).

Pentecost, celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples and marks the end of the season of Easter.

“The Church takes its life from an act of God, the sending of the Holy Spirit,” said Bishop Robert Deeley. “Mary was asked to be the mother of the son of God. The angel Gabriel told her that the Holy Spirit would come over her. The birth of Christ comes through the Holy Spirit. So, too, does the conception and birth of the Church.”

Before Pentecost, the disciples were unsure of what they were to do next and spent most of their time in hiding. After receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, they understood their mission was to spread the good news of Jesus. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that empowers the disciples to begin preaching, bringing others to know and love Christ and to become part of the Church.

Similar to what occurs during Easter Mass, the vigil of Pentecost includes four readings from the Old Testament, each with a psalm and prayer, along with the epistle and the Gospel. At the conclusion of the Mass, the paschal candle is extinguished and moved from the sanctuary to a location near the baptismal font, where it will remain until next Easter.

On Pentecost, priests wear red vestments to symbolize fire and the presence of the Holy Spirit.  All Christians are invited to also wear red in celebration of this important feast day.

Resources:

The Feast of Pentecost

Echong God's Word Reflection on Pentecost

Lectio Divina for Pentecost

Make a Pentecost pledge to accompany others in your journeys of discipleship.

Pentecost Prayer from Catholic Relief Services

Pentecost Sunday Readings

Pope Francis' Homily - 2021

"Surge of the Heart" Parish Mission at the Hancock County Parishes