The Holy Spirit and the First Pentecost
The Beginning of the Christian Church
The beginning of the church happened when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in the upper room after the ascension of Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowered them to preach the good news of Jesus as our Lord and Savior to the people. Prior to that, the apostles were afraid and didn't know what their purpose was.
In the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2:1-11, tells of when the Apostles were gathered in the upper room;
"praying and suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a driving wind and filled the entire house where they were. Then it appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the spirit enabled them to proclaim."
After the Holy Spirit descended upon them, they preached the good news of Jesus Christ without fear. They were given the gift of languages so the people from various cultures could understand what they were saying. They were also given the gift of healing, casting out of demons, preaching, teaching, the gift of knowledge and discernment.
The Holy Spirit is necessary to live the christian life. For Catholics, we receive the Holy Spirit at baptism and confirmation with the laying on of hands. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins and the need to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. When we accept Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit renews our heart, soul and mind with peace, love and a desire to live the christian life.. The Holy Spirit gives us strength when we most need it. The Holy Spirit is necessary to every believer. Jesus gave us this precious gift, so we can continue his work here on earth. He dwells within us and will raise us up on the last day.
In the Catholic Church, Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the church and is celebrated annually.
My religious Hubs
- The New Translation of the Mass 2011
A brief summary of the new translation of the Mass for Catholics which begins November 27, 2011. Videos explaining some of the changes are included.