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What is Pentecost?

From the Greek meaning “fifty,” the festival of Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the fiftieth day after Easter. On this day, we worship the Lord, who gives life to His Church, by decorating the church in red and by focusing on the work of the Holy Spirit. Following the festival of Pentecost, the season of Pentecost remembers the Early Church as the Gospel spread. During this time in the Church Year, we focus on growing together in the life of the Holy Trinity. Green decorates the altar, reminding us that just as plants need water and nourishment, so we can only grow by living in our Baptisms and receiving the Lord’s Word and Sacraments.

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