Pentecost: thefiery birth of the church

Roots of Faith

 Pentecost (May 20), also called Whitsunday, doesn’t receive much attention, perhaps because it hasn’t been secularized with elves or bunnies, nor does it have its own candy.
The term Pentecost comes from the Greek word for “50,” as the day falls 50 days after Easter. It’s the last major holy day before Christmas, and also the church’s birthday.
During the Last Supper, Jesus knew he would soon be returning to his Father. He promised his friends that “the Advocate, the holy Spirit that the F...

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