What is Pentecost for Us as Christians?
Pentecost is a Christian holiday that is celebrated in 50 days after one of the biggest religious holidays – Easter. The name of the holiday has Greek origins, since in Greek a word pentekoste means ‘the fiftieth’.
Not only is Pentecost recognized by all Christians across the world, but also by all the churches as well. Pentecost is also considered as the birthday of the Christian church, even though not everyone agrees.
The Holy Spirit
Pentecost gives all Christians a chance to honor the role of the Holy Spirit, which is the third part of the Trinity, in their lives. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are the three key parts in Christian understanding of God. Therefore, this holiday explicitly explains its importance.
On this day, the majority of churches mention it in prayers, sermons, and songs. Pentecost is a cheerful festival when members of the clergy wear robes with red elements. Red color is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. It represents the flames, in which the Holy Spirit showed up to earth.
Other symbols of the Holy Spirit include a dove, wind, and the breath of God.
The first Pentecost
Pentecost originates from a Jewish harvest feast that was called Shavuot. Believe it or not, the moment the Holy Spirit descended, the apostles were celebrating this festival. Being inspired by the Holy Spirit, they started talking in foreign languages. Initially, people thought that the apostles were drunk. However, the Apostle Peter claimed they were simply full of the Holy Spirit.
Undoubtedly, Pentecost is a special holiday for any Christian. Consequently, it is absolutely vital to honor its spiritual significance.