Ascension and Pentecost Sundays
~ submitted by Clifton Flemister, Sr. Warden
ASCENSION DAY (this year May 13)
The Season of Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Day. Forty after Jesus was resurrected on Easter Day and returned to his ministry as a person, he bodily ascended into heaven.
We celebrate that day as Ascension Day, one of the Principle Feast Days of the Liturgical Calendar. There are several names for this day. It is also called the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, Ascension Day, Ascension Thursday, or sometimes Holy Thursday.
Ascension day is a very old feast day in the Church. Some historians as far back as AD 300 hint of its celebration. At the beginning of the 5th century, St. Augustine wrote of it as dating back to the time of the Apostles.
PENTECOST SUNDAY (this year May 23)
Ten days after Ascension Day we celebrate the coming down of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other followers of Jesus. We celebrate it as The Day of Pentecost. The term Pentecost (“50”) refers to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the 50th day after the Resurrection (Easter Day). The Sunday is also called Whitsunday, or Whitesunday. The Feast Day is important in many counties, where the next day (Whit Monday) is a public holiday.
The coming down of the Holy Spirit became the last manifestation of Jesus to us. He is The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit – the Trinity.