Pentecost: May 15th, 2016
In an effort to create more awareness about world faiths and philosophies, the Office of Internal Affairs and International Initiatives would like to notify campus community members about important holidays celebrated within several world religions. This message relates to Pentecost which is observed on May 15th this year.
Pentecost is a Christian holy day commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament of the Bible. It is also known as Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday. Pentecost, the Church’s celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit, comes from the realization that God’s very life, breath and energy lives in, with and among us. Those who are Christians experience this life through Jesus because they see the Spirit so fully manifest in him. If you attend church on Pentecost Sunday, you will most likely hear read a passage from John’s Gospel (20:19-23). It tells of a visit of the Risen Christ to the disciples huddled in fear. “Peace be with you,” Jesus says. “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” After saying this, Jesus breathed on them and added, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” The breath, the life, of Jesus himself. We are God-breathed. Pentecost celebrates that reality.
In the United States, Christians share their perspective about the meaning of Pentecost as well as how the diversity of languages and cultures can enhance their worship and fellowship with each another. Christians see Pentecost as an expansion of God’s favor and care from Judaism to all peoples. Many churches celebrate Pentecost with a mass or worship service on this day.
*This information was drawn directly from a variety of sources:
Prairie View A&M University acknowledges and embraces the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff. Due to the great number and diversity of viewpoints, this resource is not able to provide an exhaustive list of significant dates for all faith and philosophical traditions. Likewise, the practice of special dates may differ based on region, denomination or generational differences.