Pentecost: Meaning, Importance, History, Events & Rituals

Meaning of Pentecost

Pentecost Monday is also known as Whit Monday, The Christian festival is celebrated on the fiftieth day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the tenth day of his ascension to heaven. On this day the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Christ. “Pentecost” is a Greek word meaning “fiftieth”.

Why Pentecost is Important?

Celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the messenger (Christianity) and other followers of Jesus.

History of Pentecost

Old Testament

The children of Israel celebrated this festival on the fiftieth day after Passover. It is also called the “Feast of Weeks”. According to the tradition of the rabbis, it is also called “the fiftieth day of Eid”.

New Testament

According to the New Testament of the Bible, the Feast of Pentecost or Whit Monday provides an opportunity for redemption for the Gentiles, from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus Christ (according to the Gospel of John the Apostle, chapter 14). The Feast presents God’s universal plan of salvation not only for the Jews but for the whole world.

Pentecost Religion

The Pentecostal is a sub-sect of Protestant Christianity. This sector movement began in the early twentieth century. This religious movement is known for its fervent worship and the power of spiritual and physical healing and speaking in tongues during worship. Some religious scholars believe that the number of this sect is growing rapidly.

Events

  • Religious (church) services
  • Festive meals
  • Processions
  • Confirmation 
  • Folk customs
  • Dancing
  • Spring & woodland rites
  • Festive clothing

Rituals

  • Prayer
  • Vigils
  • pre-festival
  • Novenas
  • Retreats
  • Holy Communion
  • Litany

Other Christian Festivals

  • Easter
  • Palm Sunday
  • All Hallows Eve
  • Christmas
  • All Souls’ Day
  • Holy Cross Day

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