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Holiday Almanac: Christians celebrate Pentecost today

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Dove in a sunburst at St. Jude’s Church in Boca Raton, Fla., symbolizes the Holy Spirit. (Photo by James D. Davis)

Pentecost, the day that Christians say the Holy Spirit of God descended on the first believers, is celebrated in churches worldwide today. According to the New Testament, the apostles of Jesus saw the Spirit in the shape of ‘‘tongues of fire,” giving them power to preach and evangelize.

Taking its name from its timing, 50 days after Easter Sunday, Pentecost is often called the ‘‘birthday of the church.” It is the Christian equivalent of Shavuot, the Jewish festival that follows Passover by seven weeks.

Catholics, Episcopalians and Lutherans celebrate the day with bright red vestments and church trappings, symbolizing the flame of the Spirit.

 

— James D. Davis

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Written by Jim Davis

May 20, 2018 at 4:32 pm

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