Pentecost Sunday

THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTEOST After Easter Sunday and Christmas, today’s solemnity ranks next in importance.  Pentecost is known as the   birthday of the Church: The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the “dispensation of the mystery” the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church, “until he comes.” (Catechism Catholic Church, #1076). Pentecost marks the culmination of the “Week of Weeks” which is the Easter Season. We mark it liturgically, singing the Pentecost Sequence (often called the “Golden Sequence”) before the Gospel and the concluding dismissal with double alleluia as this is the last day within the Easter Season. The Paschal Candle is now kept with honour in the baptistery so that from its flame the candles of the baptized may be lit during their baptism. At funerals, the Paschal Candle is paced near the coffin to signify that Christian death is a true Passover. Ordinary Time resumes tomorrow with Week 8 and Cycle 1 for the weekday mass readings. Daily Prayer of the Church: Psalter Week 4 and the Angelus resumes.