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I got an interesting question after church on Sunday about Pentecost and how it relates to the timing of the Ascension. The Ascension ( The fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven, according to Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2.) is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday. We also use these readings on the Sunday following the feast day.

That means that Pentecost is in fact the 50th day. The following is a definition is from Wikipedia and if you follow the link you will see how the different Christian traditions celebrate the coming the of the Holy Spirit.

From Wikipedia:

Pentecost (Ancient Greek: πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], pentekostē [hēmera], “the fiftieth [day]”) is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ.[1] The feast is also called Whitsun, Whitsunday, Whit Sunday, or Whitsuntide, especially in the United Kingdom. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday, hence its name.[2] Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

Pentecost is historically and symbolically related to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, which commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus. Among Christians, Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the New Testament Acts of the Apostles 2:31 [3] during these Jewish “fiftieth day” celebrations in Jerusalem. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described as the “Birthday of the Church”.

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