Origin of Pentecost
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The Day of Pentecost was preceded by a period of ten days' waiting and spiritual repose.
They will be ready for their active ministry after Pentecost, a ministry of spiritual initiation into the Kingdom of God.Our Lady Saint Mary|J. G. H. Barry
Each year at the feast of the Pentecost they were to repeat these vows.King Arthur and His Knights|Maude L. Radford
Thus much as to Pentecost—after which a long period is suffered to roll on ere we have any movement amongst the people.Notes on the Book of Leviticus|C. H. Mackintosh
On the dome over the grand altar was a representation of the day of Pentecost.Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow|Eliza R. Snow Smith
Word Origin for Pentecost
Old English Pentecosten "Christian festival on seventh Sunday after Easter," from Late Latin pentecoste, from Greek pentekoste (hemera) "fiftieth (day)," fem. of pentekostos, from pentekonta "fifty," from pente "five" (see five). The Hellenic name for the Old Testament Feast of Weeks, a Jewish harvest festival observed on 50th day of the Omer (see Lev. xxiii:16).
In the New Testament, the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples of Jesus. Pentecost is the Greek name for Shavuot, the spring harvest festival of the Israelites, which was going on when the Holy Spirit came. The disciples were together in Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem) after Jesus' Resurrection and return to heaven, fearful because he had left them. On that morning, however, “there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Because of the festival, crowds of visitors were in Jerusalem, speaking many languages, but the disciples of Jesus moved among them and spoke to them all, and “every man heard them speak in his own language” about “the wonderful works of God.” Peter then made a powerful speech to the crowds in the city, and many were baptized as new followers of Jesus.