Forward Day by Day daily meditations on the lectionary, published by Forward Movement.
Questions and Answers:
What is the Meaning of Pentecost?
Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit descending on the Disciples. Remembering the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church after the Ascension of Jesus to the Father, Pentecost, celebrated seven weeks after Easter, is a day to celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit in the church today.
The traditional color is red (symbolizing the biblical reference to the “wind and flames” that came down from heaven at the time of the ascension of the Holy Spirit.) Pentecost begins the “fiftieth day” after Easter and is the longest season of the church year. It last until the first Sunday of Advent. Pentecost Sunday is the last day of the Season and Cycle of Easter.
What is the Meaning of Advent?
Advent marks the beginning of the church new year.
Advent is a period of reflection when Christians prepare for both the birth of the Baby Jesus, The (First Advent) the Son of God in Bethlehem and for the second coming of Jesus (Second Advent) as the risen Christ.
The traditional color is Purple (violet), blue is gaining popularity to differentiate Advent from Lent.