After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to his friends, the Apostles, and promised that he would send the Holy Spirit to help them to remember all that he had taught them.
On the day of Pentecost, the Apostles were hiding in a room as they were afraid of what might happen to them. However, they knew Jesus had promised to send the Holy Spirit to be their friend, to guide and support them. In the Gospel, we hear how the Holy Spirit came among the Apostles as a strong wind and flames of fire and how the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, giving them the gift of speaking other languages.
Acts 2 New International Version (NIV)
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Pentecost is an important event in the Christian calendar where we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. On that day the Church was born and today we celebrate it as the Church’s birthday.
The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Symbols of Pentecost include flames, wind and a dove.
You might like to complete some of the activities below to help you celebrate Pentecost at home.