Sunday, 27 May 2012
University Pentecost Service
Cathedral Evensong led by Canterbury Christ Church University Chapel Choir and Clergy to celebrate the start of the Churches mission in the world.
On Sunday 27 May 2012 the University will be heading off to the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ, Canterbury - the Cathedral from which the University takes its name - to celebrate what many consider the birthday of the Church itself and the start of the Church’s mission to the world. And you are all invited.
At Pentecost, the Church commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples, as they awaited in fear in the days after His Resurrection and the Ascension. It was the Holy Spirit that gave those first disciples the courage to go forth and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The term Pentecost means ’fiftieth day’ and is celebrated fifty days after Easter. And just as Easter joy is meaningless without the pain of Good Friday, so Pentecost is meaningless without the Ascension. If Christ had not ascended, there would be no need of the spirit in his absence. Without his absence there would be no second coming. At Pentecost we celebrate “The Lord is here! His Spirit is with us! Alleluia!” At Pentecost we celebrate that we are called to be people of mission, we are called to be a people of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost we celebrate that which makes the truth bearable, that Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Alleluia. Amen.
This event is open to the public.
Venue: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral
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