Sunday, May 27 was Pentecost, Greek for the fiftieth day, a Christian festival commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles on the day of the Jewish festival observed on the fiftieth day from the second day of Passover. Altar and vestment colors are red symbolizing the tongues of flame that appeared above the apostle’s heads. In the Anglican tradition the day is known as Whitsunday from the old tradition of wearing white robes to be baptized on that day.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the scripture readings for the day. In the Old Testament reading, Joel 2:28, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh” the event is promised many years before it actually happened. In the Epistle, Acts 2:1, we hear the account of the actual historical event “When the day of Pentecost was fully come…”
And in the gospel, John 14:15, Jesus discusses his future as the Holy Spirit; this is the importance of the day for us as Jesus is still with us in spirit. Pentecost is sometimes called the birthday of the church since Christ has been with us in spirit ever since.
Bishop Glen Hartley holds services at Saint Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.