What exactly is Pentecost?

Got this from Wikipedia…Pentecost or Pentecost Sunday (symbolically related to the Jewish festival of Shavuot) is a feast on the Christian liturgical calendar that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and women followers of Jesus, fifty days after Easter, and ten days after Ascension Thursday

Shavuot, also spelled Shavuos (Hebrew: שבועות (Israeli Heb. [ʃa·vu·’Ê•ot], Ashkenazi [ʃə·’vu·əs]) “[seven] weeks”), is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (corresponding to late May/early June). It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer and the day the Torah was given at Mount Sinai. It is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals (shalosh regalim) mandated by the Torah.

Unlike the other two pilgrimage festivals (Passover and Sukkot), the date on which Shavuot occurs is not explicitly mentioned in the Torah. Rather, its occurrence is directly linked to the occurrence of Passover. Beginning on the second day of Passover, the Torah mandates a 49-day (seven-week) counting period (the Counting of the Omer), which culminates in the 50th day, Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks expresses anticipation and desire for the Giving of the Torah. At Passover, the Jewish people were freed from being slaves to Pharaoh; at Shavuot they accepted the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God.

Shavuot has many aspects and as a consequence is called by several names. In the Torah it is called the Feast of Weeks (Hebrew: ×—×’ ×â€?שבועות, Hag ha-Shavuot, Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10); the Festival of Reaping (Hebrew: ×—×’ ×â€?קציר, Hag ha-Katsir, Ex. 23:16), and the Day of the First Fruits (Hebrew יו×? ×â€?בכורי×?, Yom ha-Bikkurim, Numbers 28:26). The Mishnah and Talmud refer to Shavuot as Atzeret (Hebrew: עצרת, a solemn assembly), as it provides closure for the festival activities during and following the holiday of Passover. Since Shavuot occurs 50 days after Passover, Christians gave it the name Pentecost (Ã?€ÎµÎ½Ã?„ηκÃ?Å’Ã?Æ’Ã?„η, “fiftieth [day]”). However, the actual Christian commemoration of Pentecost occurs on the seventh Sunday after Easter.

Today at Solomon’s Porch, where we are involved at — we had a Pentecost Art Event. We had food, art, music, dance and more to celebrate Pentecost. It was a real blessing. Maybe the best part — is that my kids really enjoy being a part of that community.



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