The joy and amazement of Easter Day is not yet over, during the days following Easter Day, Jesus appeared to his disciples many times. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene in the tomb garden, to Peter, to two unnamed followers walking in the countryside, then to "the Twelve," then to five hundred at one time, then to James (presumably James the brother of Jesus), then to "all the Apostles," and also to Paul on the Damascus Road. The appearances reach their climax with the Ascension of Jesus before the assembled disciples on a mountain outside Jerusalem. We celebrate ASCENSION DAY on 25th May which comes forty days after Easter. Christians affirm this belief every Sunday in the words of the Creeds when we say "He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty."
The Christian holiday of Pentecost is celebrated 50 days from Easter Sunday, counting inclusive of Easter Sunday itself. Therefore it always occurs on a Sunday. The Christian Pentecost is based on the New Testament, where it refers to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31. According to Luke 22:12–13, the descent of the Holy Spirit occurred while the Apostles were celebrating the Jewish day of Shavuot the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law to Moses at Sinai. In the Christian liturgical year it became a feast commemorating what is described by some Christians as the "Birthday of the Church". The holy day is also called "White Sunday" or "Whitsunday", especially in the United Kingdom, where traditionally the next day, Whit Monday, was also a public holiday. This year Pentecost falls on Sunday 4th June.
St.Mary’s Church will hold a ‘Cake Day’ on 3rd June 11.00am where you can come and enjoy a cake with a cup of coffee or purchase some to take home. We have excellent bakers! The annual Fete at St.Mary’s will be on Saturday 1st July, if you have any items for the stalls we would be grateful to receive them.
May we wish you on behalf of St.Mary’s and St.Bridget’s a Happy and Blessed Eastertide.
Revd Susan Collingbourne