Pentecost

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pentecost (Judaism) Jewish holy day celebrated on the sixth of Sivan to celebrate Moses receiving the Ten Commandments
    • n Pentecost seventh Sunday after Easter; commemorates the emanation of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles; a quarter day in Scotland
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pentecost A festival of the Roman Catholic and other churches in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles; which occurred on the day of Pentecost; -- called also Whitsunday.
    • Pentecost A solemn festival of the Jews; -- so called because celebrated on the fiftieth day (seven weeks) after the second day of the Passover (which fell on the sixteenth of the Jewish month Nisan); -- hence called, also, the Feast of Weeks. At this festival an offering of the first fruits of the harvest was made. By the Jews it was generally regarded as commemorative of the gift of the law on the fiftieth day after the departure from Egypt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Pentecost In the New Testament, a Jewish harvest festival called in the Old Testament (Deut. xvi. 10, etc.) the feast of weeks (Hebrew Shabuoth), and observed on the fiftieth day after the 14th of Nisan, the date of the celebration of the Passover. The feast of Pentecost, while primarily connected with the celebration of the completion of harvest, by the offering of first fruits, etc., seems also to have been associated in the minds of the later Jews with the giving of the law on the fiftieth day after their departure from Egypt. It always precedes the Jewish New Year by 113 days.
    • n Pentecost The feast of Whitsunday, a festival of the Christian church, observed annually in remembrance of the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles during the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is the third of the great Christian festivals, the other two being Christmas and Easter. It is connected with its Jewish predecessor, not only historically (Acts ii. 1–11), but also intrinsically, because it is regarded as celebrating the first fruits of the Spirit, as the Jewish Pentecost celebrated the first fruits of the earth (Lev. xxiii. 17). In the primitive church the term Pentecost was used both for Whitsunday and for the whole period of fifty days ending with Whitsunday.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pentecost pen′tē-kost a Jewish festival held on the fiftieth day after the Passover, in commemoration of the giving of the law: the festival of Whitsuntide, held in remembrance of the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the assembled disciples at the feast of Pentecost
    • n.pl Pentecost offerings formerly made to the parish priest at Whitsuntide
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pentecoste, Gr. (sc. ) the fiftieth day, Pentecost, fr. fiftieth, fr. fifty, fr. five. See Five, and cf. Pingster

Usage

In literature:

It was an Indian Pentecost.
"Trail Tales" by James David Gillilan
Others insist on an exclusive reference to the first Pentecost.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
The Gospel after the Pentecostal Pattern.
"Australia, its history and present condition" by William Pridden
Then came Pentecost, the gift of power, the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the waiting company in the Upper Room.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
Likewise the lustre of brass, new-polished, blinked from the ceiling, And for lights there were lilies of Pentecost set in the sockets.
"The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Compare what has already been said about the Robe of Glory and the outward signs of its descent at Pentecost.
"The Gnôsis of the Light" by F. Lamplugh
A year passed in perfect happiness for the knight, and at its termination the King held a great feast on the occasion of Pentecost.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
He was probably a convert of the day of Pentecost.
"Bible Studies in the Life of Paul" by Henry T. Sell
SO when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with unanimity assembled together.
"A Translation of the New Testament from the original Greek" by T. Haweis
But Calamity has its Pentecost.
"The Pentecost of Calamity" by Owen Wister
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In poetry:

At length had fully come,
On mystic circle borne
Of seven times seven revolving days,
The Pentecostal morn.
"Above the Starry Spheres" by Augusta Treverorum
"With dream and falsehood, simple trust
And pious hope we tread in dust;
Lost the calm faith in goodness,—lost
The baptism of the Pentecost!
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A human voice, yet there the place became
Bethel: each bough with pentecost was crowned;
The great trunks rapt in unconusming flame
Stood as on holy ground.
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope
All who have toiled for Art, who've won or lost,
Sat equal priests at her high Pentecost;
Only the chrism and sacrament of flame,
Anointing all, inspired not all the same.
"Musings" by Madison Julius Cawein
In the pleasant time of Pentecost,
By the little river Kyll,
I followed the angler's winding path
Or waded the stream at will,
And the friendly fertile German land
Lay round me green and still.
"The Red Flower" by Henry Van Dyke
And the spirits of those who were homing
Passed on, rushingly,
Like the Pentecost Wind;
And the whirr of their wayfaring thinned
And surceased on the sky, and but left in the gloaming
Sea-mutterings and me.
"The Souls Of The Slain." by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Articles written by Marc Pentecost .
Account set up for Pentecost family.
Pentecost Past and Present.
Pentecost Sunday (B), June 4, 2006 "If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit" (Gal 5:25).
First Pentecostal 's new Family Worship Center.
Church hosts 'old-fashioned Pentecostal revival'.
First Pentecostal Church holding Celebrate Freedom event Sunday.
First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro will have a special Celebrate Freedom event Sunday at its 9 and 10:45 am services.
The Hear & Now: Gallery5 exhibit explores Pentecostal church's snake handling.
United Pentecostal Church held a ground breaking for their new sanctuary Saturday at their location on North Main St.
Waco Pentecostal Tabernacle fundraiser Saturday.
Flag-burning ceremony to be held June 13 at First Pentecostal Church.
Memorial Day Anguish/ Pentecostal Fire.
Local congregations will celebrate Pentecost.
We joyfully celebrate the culmination of the Easter season at Pentecost on May 27: the birthday of the Church.
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