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What Are The Amazing and Transformational Catholic Christian Festivals of Pentecost and Easter April 12, 2012

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Have you ever wondered about Easter and Pentecost? Most have. Well, Easter is the Catholic Christian observance of the resurrection of Jesus, and Pentecost is the birthday of the Church Catholic. Both holidays are important, but, it is a horrible idea to start at this point, because the tale begins before this. Roughly age 30, Jesus began his public ministry, instructing and preaching in the country of Galilee. His message was about giving love to God and neighbors. His message was way out, and he claimed not only was he the Christ, but he was also God’s Only Begotten Son. These claims did not make him popular with the spiritual leaders and secular leaders at the time period. When the Lord entered Jerusalem, the people welcomed him like a king, but by the close of the week, he was crucified, and died on the cross, an occurrence commemorated on Good Friday. We aren’t quite to Whitsunday just yet, but be patient!

However, the tale did not end there. The Bible (specifically the 4 gospels) teaches that Jesus rose form the dead 3 days later, on Easter Sunday. The resurrection that occurred on the first Easter was bodily, that is the Lord rose from the dead in his identical body; it was not some spiritual body. Even though it was in the body, his resurrection was much more than a simple resusitation, and Jesus’ resurrected body had powers and traits that our bodies do not have. Mary Magdalene was the 1st witness to this miraculous event, and she told the apostles, that in turn told the entire known world about it. Because the resurrection obviously proved Jesus was God’s Son, and proved right his teachings, the resurrection became the capstone of Christian doctrine.

Thus, Easter is one of the earliest and most significant Christian holidays. It was called the “queen of feasts” and is observed based on the lunar calendar. It changes each year because of this. In the Church, the color is white, and shouts of “alleluia” are heard throughout the time period. The season commences on Saturday night with the venerable Easter Vigil, in which new converts are welcomed into Church and are baptized and/or Confirmed. The vigil frequently lasts for hours, and in the early Church lasted from dusk until the morning. Secular traditions include Easter eggs, Easter baskets, and the Easter bunny. Many of these traditions are related to the reality that Easter occurs in the spring, as rabbits and eggs are signs of fertility and renewal.

Jesus ascended to the Father 40 days after Easter, and the Apostles were perplexed and upset. For the next nine days they prayed with fervor, and on the fiftieth day after Jesus’ resurrection, the Holy Ghost came upon the apostles. The Bible said tongues of fire landed on them, and their messages were heard by everybody present in each individual’s native language. The Apostles were so filled with the Holy Ghost on this initial Pentecost that scoffers thought the disciples were inebriated. It was on this day that the Church started. All of this is outlined in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.

The Church commemorates Pentecost 50 days after Easter. The liturgical color is red, a symbol of the flames that descended upon the Apostles. The twin themes of the Holy Spirit and the Church are celebrated, because of the original nature of the holy day. It was one of the historic periods of baptism in the Church, and is frequently called Whitsunday in many English-speaking churches.

The essayist suggests learning more about Easter and Pentecost as a way to deepen your faith.