Pentecost is the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, descending on the Apostles looking like tongues of flame. We often think of Pentecost as the birthday of the Church, when the followers of Christ were given the Holy Spirit for direction and empowerment. Pentecost is called on old English calendars–and the Book of Common Prayer–by its old English name, “Whitsunday,” meaning “White Sunday,” because it was one of the major days for baptism, and the candidates would be dressed in white. The liturgical color of the day is red, which is often the color chosen for ordinations for the same reason, the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, Welcome Home!
We are following Jesus and invite you to journey with us. The Christ Followers of the first few centuries cared for the poor, bound up the broken, and healed the sick. They gave themselves weekly to prayer and Holy Communion, and they lived virtuous lives. Ruthless barbarians became peaceful by their witness. They didn’t try to fit in, either to worship like the pagans around them, or try to appease the state. They loved and followed Jesus, many even to their death. By the early second century their faith in Christ spread around the entire Roman empire, even as far as England.
This is the vision of the Christian Faith we strive for. It is the Faith of Saints like Anselm, Julian of Norwich, and C.S Lewis. Anglicans seek to embody the faith of the early church as well as the English reformers. We follow “what has been believed always, everywhere and by all.”
We live in challenging times. You need a Faith that draws from something deeper than merely the 20th or 21st century. A rich tradition of spiritual depth, beauty and truth await you. I invite you to journey with us.
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