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VIII. PENTECOST (Whitsunday)

1. This holiday is celebrated on the seventh Sunday following Easter. It celebrates the day the Holy Spirit, in the form of tongues of fire, descended on Jesus’ disciples. 2. The day is also referred to as “Whitsunday” because of the white baptismal robes worn by those entering the church. 3. The Jews celebrated Pentecost in the Old Testament. It not only celebrates the day the Torah (Law) was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai; it also brings to a close the celebration of Passover. Pentecost is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover and is so named because “Pentecost” means “fiftieth.”


This is the Sunday following Pentecost. It is a day that celebrates the Trinity.


This holiday is celebrated in Lutheran and Reformed churches.

It is held on the Sunday on or just before October 31st. It celebrates the Reformation movement, started by Martin Luther, who set out to correct what he felt were erroneous doctrines and practices found within the Roman Catholic Church. It was on October 31st that Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany, starting the Reformation.


XI. ALL SAINTS DAY (All Hallows Day)

This holiday started in the fourth century. It is celebrated by Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and some liturgical Protestant (Lutheran, UMC, etc.) churches.

The holiday celebrates all the saints of the church and remembers the inspiring lives they lived while on earth.
The celebration originally took place on May 13th; however, Pope Gregory III got an idea. Long irritated by the pagan celebation of Samhain celebrated on October 31st, “Gregory moved All Saints, or Hallows Day from May 13 to November 1 (which made October 31 All Hallows’ Eve, i.e. Hallowe’en) and instructed
revelers to dress as saints instead of evil spirits. Goodies that once had been offered to propitiate wandering devils were instead offered to poor people, who in turn vowed to pray for the souls of departed relatives.”13 The move had limited effect.
Today All Hallow’s Eve is as pagan as ever and it’s celebration has absolutely nothing to do with the celebration of All Saints Day.

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