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12 June 2011
We celebrate Pentecost today, the 50th and final day of the Easter Season, when we recount the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in the book of Acts, and ushering inthe beginning of the Church. Someone has described Pentecost as “only a few drops of the coming shower”. May His Spirit be poured out on us again today. Tonight we will continue in Acts and look at the “Witnessing Church”.
WHY IS PENTECOST SOMETIMES CALLED ‘WHITSUNDAY’? A tradition of some churches in ancient times was to baptize adult converts to the faith on Pentecost. The newly baptized catechumens would wear white robes on that day, so Pentecost was often called “Whitsunday” or “White Sunday” after these white baptismal garments.