In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Descent of the Holy Ghost on Pentecost.
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by Pierre Reymond
Names are important. Your name lets everyone know who you are. Sometimes names are chosen to honor or remember older relatives, like grandparents, aunts or uncles. Sometimes people are named after saints. Whatever the reason for it, you have a name that helps people recognize that you are you.
The names of Feast days in the Church also have meaning. The ’pente’ prefix in Pentecost means fifty. There are fifty days in between the Resurrection of Jesus and the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles at Pentecost.
The other name for Pentecost, Whitsunday (White Sunday), comes from the practice of baptizing some new believers on the night before Pentecost. Those people were given a white garment, just like at Baptisms today, to remind them that Baptism cleans our souls. It makes us pure, which makes people think about the color white. Because of this, people used to call Pentecost White Sunday, which was shortened to Whitsunday.
On Pentecost, ten days after the Ascension and fifty days after Easter, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the Apostles. They were waiting for the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised the Apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit after He ascended into Heaven. He promised that the Holy Spirit would be with them always and teach them all the things that they should know!
Pentecost is the official birthday of the Catholic Church! It is the beginning of our Church as we know it. Every year we celebrate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost.
On the day of Pentecost, Jesus’ Apostles, disciples, and His Mother Mary were waiting in the upper room. They didn’t know when Jesus was going to send His Holy Spirit or how it would happen. They waited and we read in the Bible:
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. Jews from all over the world were gathered with Peter, the leader of the Apostles and the Eleven. At this time, a great wind blew and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of all those ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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