Pentecost May 20
Pentecost is one of the principal days of the Christian year, celebrated on the 50th day after Easter. It is the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world, and it is often referred to as the birthday of the church.
Traditionally, Pentecost has been a day for baptisms. Because it was the custom in the early church for persons being baptized to wear white robes or clothing, the day also became known as Whitsunday, a contraction of White Sunday.
The Season after Pentecost extends to the first Sunday in Advent. By tradition, the Sundays after Pentecost are numbered. The first Sunday after Pentecost is Trinity Sunday, and the last Sunday for this period is Christ the King Sunday.
This season focuses on the significance of the church as a sign of God’s continuing presence and activity in the world.