The Season of Pentecost
In the Christian tradition Pentecost refers to the coming of the Spirit as described in the second chapter of Acts. It is celebrated 50 days (7 weeks) after Easter. The Pentecost event described in Acts is considered the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise concerning the gift of the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit with us. It emphasizes that the church is understood as the body of Christ which is drawn together and given life by the Holy Spirit. Some understand Pentecost to be the origin and sending out of the church into the world, and the speaking of other languages, which the disciples experienced on that day, thus symbolizes the church's worldwide preaching.
The Season of Pentecost is the longest season of the church year -- lasting from the Day of Pentecost until Advent, nearly 6 months. During this season, we celebrate our call to follow Jesus day by day as his disciples. It is a time of learning and growing when no major festivals are held. Green is the liturgical color of the season, used to indicate our growth in faith as we follow the teachings and ministry of Christ.
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