The word Pentecost means 50, and is celebrated 50 days after Christ’s Resurrection on Easter morning and ten days after the Feast of Ascension.
In the Book of Acts 1: 4-5 we read that the Risen Lord had instructed the Apostles to stay in Jerusalem:
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
And in verse 8 “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
According to the Biblical Calendar the Feast of Pentecost (also called the Feast of Weeks), together with Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, is a feast of pilgrimage, on which occasions people went to the Temple in Jerusalem to celebrate.
The Book of the Acts of the Apostles tells us that for the Feast of Pentecost many pilgrims from all over gathered in Jerusalem:
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.”(Acts 2: 1-7)
St. Peter then preached the Good News to the crowd, and when the crowd asked him what to do, he answered:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
That day alone around 3,000 people were baptized, and the Christian community grew and grew.
This is the Schedule for the Feast of Pentecost 2018:
Saturday May 26:
15.00 pm Vespers and the Eve of Pentecost in St. James Cathedral
19.15 pm Evening Vigil in St. James Cathedral
Sunday May 27:
3.30 am Morning Prayers and Andestan (Blessing of the corners of the earth) in St. James Cathedral
9.00 am Ringing of the bells
9.15 am Departure to the Chapel of St. John in St. Saviour’s Monastery
9.30 am Solemn Procession, Divine Liturgy and Requiem Service
11.30 am Returning to St. James Monastery
14.30 pm Ringing of the bells
14.45 pm Departure to the Room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion
15.00 pm Vespers in the Room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion
15.30 pm Returning to St. James Monastery