There are four main holidays in the Christian Year: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost. In this article, we are going to describe Pentecost celebration.
Jewish people celebrate Pentecost fifty days after Passover. Pentecost is one of three pilgrimage feasts of Israel, which originally was not associated with a historical event. In the Book of Leviticus, the following day is referred to as “The Feast of Weeks,” which is a one-day festival that marks the beginning of the harvest season. According to the Books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, during this harvest, people must give special consideration to share with the poor in the land. The feast of Pentecost also means including a commemoration of God giving the Law to the people. On this holiday, the Book of Ruth is read.
When the Christians think of this holiday, they link it with the Church’s birth. In the Acts 2, it is said that on Pentecost, God poured the Holy Spirit out on His new covenant people and created the community of Jesus’ followers.
On Pentecost, Christians should rise up and celebrate. However, for many people, it is simply one more Sunday in the year.
Evidently, people have forgotten that our Lord told us that the coming of Spirit would be the best thing ever to happen to those who believe in Him. Now, the day that should be associated with following the old covenant law implies the new covenant in practice. The beginning of harvest becomes the beginning of ingathering of all the sinners. The precept to help the poor and aliens is fulfilled in an ever-expanding community.
On this Sunday our worship has to be a huge celebration of the Church’s birthday, with an explosion of color and sound, wonderful Gospel preaching, amazing music and grateful praises for the hope of the eternal life.