In this 3rd Grade Lesson, we study The Descent of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.
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by Juan de Flandes
All names mean something. Your name shows who you are. Your last name shows who is in your family . Even places like parks, pools and schools have names. Why? Because names give people, places, and things meaning.
So do the names of feast days. Pentecost is fifty days after Easter. The prefix Pente means fifty.
What happened at Pentecost?
The Apostles and disciples and Mary were waiting for the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised the Apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit. It would be with them always. It would teach them all the things that they should know! And so they waited. They didn’t know when Jesus was going to send the Holy Spirit or how.
The Holy Spirit is also called the Holy Ghost. Those are two names for the same Divine Person.
All of the sudden they felt the rush of wind. This was strange since they were inside. Something was happening! And then the Holy Ghost appeared in tongues of fire.
The Apostles were then enlightened. This means that the Apostles were given a special gift of grace. This allowed the Apostles to remember everything that Jesus said and did. The Apostles didn’t have anything like recorders or cameras to help them remember exactly what Jesus said. So the Holy Ghost helped them to do that. This way we know that everything we learn about the Church is right from God.
The Holy Ghost also gave the Apostles strength. Jesus knew that Apostles' work would be very hard. Sometimes it would even be scary. Not everyone was happy to hear what the Apostles said. Not everyone wanted to follow what Jesus taught. Most of the Apostles were killed for preaching about Jesus. The Holy Ghost came into the Church to protect it, enlighten the Apostles, and give them strength!
We consider Pentecost to be the birthday of the Church. This is the day that Christ’s Church officially began.
Why would the Holy Spirit choose to appear in the form of tongues of fire? The Holy Spirit is a pure spirit which means It could choose to take on any form that It wanted. It could have come as a dove or a rainbow or water. Why do you think the Holy Spirit came as tongues of fire?
The human tongue is very important. You need your tongue for eating, for tasting your food, but most importantly you use your tongue for talking!
The Holy Spirit came to the Apostles to help them do their job. What did they do most? They talked to people. Their whole job was to spread the Good News about Jesus Christ. They traveled far and wide to spread what Jesus had taught... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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