Acts 2:1-12 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

2 When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered
together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which
sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where
they were sitting.Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which
spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the
Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled
them to speak.

There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come
from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a large
crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the
believers talking in their own languages. In amazement and wonder
they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans!
 How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native
languages? We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia,
Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia,10 from Phrygia and
Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of
us are from Rome, 11 both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism,
and some of us are from Crete and Arabia—yet all of us hear them
speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has
done!”12 Amazed and confused, they kept asking each other, “What
 does this mean?”


Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.
It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (thename comes from
the Greek pentekoste, "fiftieth").  It is also called Whitsun,or Whit Sunday,
and is often regarded as the birthday of the Christian church and the beginning
of the church's mission to the world. 

Pentecost is a celebratory festival when ministers in church often wear robes
with red in the design as a symbol of the flames in which the Holy Spirit came
to earth.  The main symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and
include flames, wind, the breath of God and a dove.  There is a tradition that
the Celtic symbol for the Spirit is a Wild Goose.  The Holy Spirit is the third
part of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the way Christians
understand God thus Christianity is known as a Trinitarian faith. 


A special Pentecost Stole


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