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What Pentecost Means for Christians

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The Meaning of Pentecost
Pentecost marks the birth of the Christian Church. It is the reason why Pentecost is important. When the Holy Spirit filled the apostles of Jesus, God gave them a gift to speak in multiple tongues so that they will be able to evangelise the works of Jesus to other nations. These acts of the apostles herald the birth of the Christian Church. In the early stories of the Church, the story of Pentecost is the most significant one.

Today at Pentecost, Christians may greet one another Happy Birthday. Pentecost is on 4 June 2017. Next year, it will be on 20 May 2018. Pentecost means 50th day, counting 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday inclusive.

The Story of Pentecost
The story of Pentecost begins in the Acts of the Apostles. In the New Testament of the Holy Bible, the Acts of the Apostles tells the story of the beginnings of the Church. You can find the Acts of the Apostles between the Gospels and the Letters (Epistles).

Pentecost In The Bible
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What You May Not Know About The Season of Lent

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The Liturgical Season of Lent The Gospels before the 1st week of Lent, i.e from Ash Wednesday to Friday, are constant regardless of the liturgical cycles (Year A, B, or C, Cycle I or II)The Alleluia is not prayed or sung during the Mass from Ash Wednesday until the Easter Vigil.There are 6 Sundays of Lent. The 6th Sunday is called Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday.Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday until the end of Lent, which is before the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday evening.Thursday evening until Holy Saturday (before Easter vigil) is called the Easter Triduum.

St Andrew's Christmas Prayer

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Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born  of the most pure Virgin Mary  at midnight in Bethlehem,  in piercing cold.  In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God,  to hear my prayer and grant my desires  through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,  and of His Blessed Mother.  Amen.
Pray this beautiful prayer 15 times a day starting on the Feast of St Andrew, 30th November until Christmas Eve.

Why Saint Jude Is Considered The Last Resort

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His name is Judas Thaddeus. Thaddeus may be his nick name. Owing to the similarity of his name to that of Judas Iscariot, Saint Jude was rarely invoked in prayer. For that reason, interceding through him is seen as a final resort when all else failed. Thus, he became known as the patron saint of lost or desperate causes. Early translations of the New Testament changed his name to Jude Thaddeus to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot.

Saint Jude's feast is commemorated every 28 October, together with Saint Simon, the Zealot. Jude and Simon are two of Jesus' twelve apostles mentioned in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In Luke, Jude is described as the son of James, while in the Letter of Jude, he is described as the brother of James.

The name Jude is of Hebrew origin which means the praised one. The name Thaddeus means a courageous heart. Saint Jude Thaddeus's image is traditionally depicted with a Pentecost flame on his crown and an image of Christ on his chest.


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Lectio Divina In Preparation for the World Youth Day Krakow

Christ In Us, Our Hope of Glory

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The theme song for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress held in Cebu City, Philippines on 24-31 January 2016.


Christ In Us, Our Hope of GloryLyrics and Music by Jay-arr Felisilda Librando
Interpreted by Julie Anne San Jose and Nomer Limatog Jr

We felt your word burning within us
Your word unlocked
The hardness of our hearts
And opened our eyes
That we may see you
Hidden in the broken bread.

Lord, you laid down your life
As bread and wine we see
Gave strength to our hearts
And made us shine with glee
When we eat the bread
And drink the cup of wine
We believe that Christ in us
Is our hope of glory.

You brought a ray of light
And you rekindled our hope
And led our hearts
To yearn for your love
For in you is our hope of glory.

Lord, you laid down your life
As bread and wine we see
Gave strength to our hearts
And made us shine with glee
When we eat the bread
And drink the cup of wine
We believe that Christ in us
Is our hope of glory.

Through your own flesh
Now made living
And by the S…

What Is The Holy Eucharist?

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The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice. In the Holy Eucharist, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is contained, offered, and received.
The whole Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist. We use the words "really, truly, and substantially" to describe Christ's presence in the Holy Eucharist in order to distinguish Our Lord's teaching from that of mere men who falsely teach that the Holy Eucharist is only a sign or figure of Christ, or that He is present only by His power.All Christians, with but few minor exceptions, held the true doctrine of the Real Presence from the time of Christ until the Protestant Revolution in the sixteenth century.
The word "Eucharist" means "Thanksgiving." Reference: EWTN Faith Teachings