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Eastertide: Pentecost

Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season and the beginning of the season of Ordinary Time in the Church's liturgical calendar. The day is also known as the "birthday of the Church" because it was on this day that the apostles and other disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit, which empowered them to spread the message of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

According to the New Testament, the events of Pentecost occurred when the apostles were gathered together in Jerusalem, as instructed by Jesus before his Ascension into heaven. Suddenly, a rushing wind filled the room, and tongues of fire appeared over the heads of the apostles, and they began to speak in different languages. This event attracted a crowd of people, and Peter, one of the apostles, addressed the crowd, proclaiming the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is present and active in the world today, and that the same Spirit that descended upon the apostles at Pentecost continues to inspire and guide the Church and its members. The sacrament of Confirmation is a celebration of this belief, as it is an opportunity for individuals to receive the Holy Spirit and to commit themselves to living a life of faith and service to others.

In addition to the sacrament of Confirmation, we also mark Pentecost with special liturgical celebrations. The colour red is used to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit, and the hymns and readings focus on the theme of the Spirit's power and presence. Pentecost is also an occasion for Christians to reflect on their own relationship with the Holy Spirit and to renew their commitment to following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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