Pentecost 2015

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Pentecost May 28, 2015

Three of the most important feast days of the church’s calendar are Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.  Christmas is surrounded by stories, legends, and traditions all addressing the incredible mystery of the birth of the Messiah.  Easter has its own embellishing traditions symbolic of the resurrection.  Pentecost however presents a problem.  In fact it is theologically considered the birthday of the church but there are not the plethora of stories and traditions and symbols that are attached to its celebration as there are to Christmas and Easter.  At the heart of Christmas is the birth of a baby.  At the heart of Easter is the resurrection of a dead man.  At the heart of Pentecost is the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church with the sound of rushing wind and the sight of tongues of flame.  Humanly speaking, this does not give us much to…

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