15 May 2013

Pentecost 2013

Next Sunday, St Mary Magdalene’s will have only one service for the day. All the people of the parish will combine to celebrate the festival of Pentecost.

Pentecost (PENT-uh-COST) is a celebration of the Holy Spirit and one of the great festivals of the year. It commemorates a pretty dramatic story…

Back in the very beginning of the Christian Church, one morning ten days after Jesus had ascended into heaven, the disciples were together in a house in Jerusalem. Jesus had told them to stay in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit, although he hadn’t been very clear about what this would entail. It was one of those “you’ll know it when you see it” situations. So the disciples were waiting.

Suddenly, there came a sound like a mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Tongues of fire appeared on each of them and the Holy Spirit entered them. They began to speak in different languages by the power of the Holy Spirit. Every person in Jerusalem who was drawn to the uproar, no matter what language they spoke, heard the disciples speaking in their own language. The disciples preached to the growing crowd and by day’s end, around three thousand people had been baptised into the Christian Church.

From that time, the Church continued to grow. This is why Pentecost is also often called “the Church’s birthday”. You are most welcome to come and celebrate it with us.

When: Sunday 19 May 2013 at 9.30am
Where: St Mary Magdalene’s, Moore St, Adelaide
Morning Tea: Yes, of course! An excellent morning tea will be served.

Photo by Fr Lawrence Lew OP - Flickr.com

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