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We celebrate Ascension Day 40 days after Easter and 10 days before Pentecost. We celebrate that Jesus was taken up into heaven 40 days after his resurrection from the dead. In the Creed we say that we believe in Jesus who "ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty". Jesus' ascension marks the end of his life on earth. In the church we celebrate not only that God's Son was born into the world but also that he left it again. This may sound strange. However, God had to leave the earth as a human being to be able to return in the person of the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the coming of God the Spirit at Pentecost.
The Ascension is the end of the story of Jesus' life on earth. At the same time it is the beginning of a new story: the story of the Holy Spirit that descends on the disciples at Pentecost and unites the followers of Jesus in the Church. We read the story of Jesus' ascension in the gospels of Mark and Luke and in Acts. The stories are all very short and mark the end of a period of time during which Jesus has revealed himself to the disciples several times after his resurrection.
Just like Christmas the Ascension constitutes a turning point in the story that the New Testament tells us about Jesus as the Son of God. The Church was celebrating the Ascension long before it began celebrating Jesus' birth. We not only rejoice that Jesus came to earth but also that he left it again. This is because when Jesus' life on earth came to an end, the history of the Church, the fellowship of believers, began. And that is a history that we, today, are part of.
Pentecost marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means ‘fiftieth day’ and is celebrated fifty days after Easter.
Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the twelve apostles, Jesus' mother and family, and many other disciples gathered together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover.
While they were praying, a sound like rushing wind filled the house, and tongues of fire came to rest over each of their heads. This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit promised by God through the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29). The disciples were immediately empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ.
The liturgical colour for this day is red. This not only symbolises the tongues of flame in which the Holy Spirit descended, but also reminds us of the blood of the martyrs – believers of every generation who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, hold firm to their faith.
The first Sunday after Pentecost is Holy Trinity Sunday. The church rejoices in the impenetrable mystery that God is ‘triune’ or ‘three-in-one’ – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How God can be three distinct persons is beyond the ability of any human to rationalise or understand.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we accept this mystery as a fundamental article of faith which is clearly taught in the Bible (eg Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Corinthians 13:14). Since faith comes only through the Holy Spirit working through the means of grace, it is appropriate that this wonderful mystery is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
Trinity Sunday is a transitional day that bridges two sections of the liturgical year, and a day on which we praise and adore God both for what he has done for the world and for who he is. The liturgical colour for Trinity Sunday is white which represents the holiness and perfection of God.
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