“Suddenly, there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.” – Acts 2:2-4.
The second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles opens with an interesting narrative of the first encounter of the apostles with the Holy Spirit. We see Christ’s promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor and Spirit of Truth (Jn 16:5-15) truly fulfilled.
- Well, clearly but most importantly, the Pentecost marks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. On this day, we see the Holy in the form of fire, tongues of fire resting on the each apostle and blessing them with the gift of the tongues (speaking in other languages).
- Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday which is also 10 days after Ascension Thursday (PS: Christ remained on earth appearing and talking to many for 40 days after His resurrection before He was taken up into heaven Acts1:3)
- Pentecost marks the end of Easter. The Church now moves to the longer season of Ordinary time.
- Pentecost is also known to be the birth of the church. The once timid and fearful apostles of Christ began to speak boldly in numerous languages. It was so surprising that people thought to be drunk. Yes! Drunk on the awesomeness of the Holy Spirit! That day Peter, the Rock, gave an overwhelming speech before the crowd and the community of Christ was increased by 3000. Amazing!
- The Church celebrates the Pentecost Sunday in the colour red, signifying the Holy Spirit in the tongues of fire.
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Written by Chika Eneh