Join us for the Feast of Pentecost at St. Francis In-The-Fields! Wear red!
Pentecost means “the fiftieth day.” It is used in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. The term is used in the New Testament to refer to the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), shortly after Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension. Christians came to understand the meaning of Pentecost in terms of the gift of the Spirit.
Some churches re-experience the spiritual gifts associated with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in the gift of tongues (see Acts 2:1-11). The experience is interpreted by some to symbolize the church's worldwide preaching.
The Gospel will be read simultaneously in English, Spanish, Japanese, German, and other languages to symbolize the speaking in tongues.