- a Christian festival celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles; Whitsunday.
Origin of Pentecost
Examples from the Web for pentecost
It was a shock to John, but it helped him to understand what his uncle had said about the canon's Pentecost.The Christian
Then only can we know the "liberty," the "boldness," the "utterance" of Pentecost.Parables of the Christ-life
I. Lilias Trotter
Pentecost was one of the great feasts in Israel, and was of mandatory observance.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
A sample of the power of Pentecost before the day of Pentecost.
It tells what was experienced by those persons at Pentecost and afterwards.
- a Christian festival occurring on Whit Sunday commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost on the apostles
- Also called: Feast of Weeks, Shavuot Judaism the harvest festival celebrated fifty days after the second day of Passover on the sixth and seventh days of Sivan, and commemorating the giving the Torah on Mount Sinai
Word Origin and History 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.