For Christians, Jesus Christ is the source of our knowledge about God. His words, his deeds, his compassion come home to us as the words, deeds and compassion of God himself. But the Christian faith also believes in an inner experience of God, an inward conviction of the heart which leads us to faith in and love for God. This we call the Holy Spirit.
And this is the reason why one of the three major festivals of the Christian year, Pentecost or Whitsun, celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit. At Christmas we celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ to the world. At Easter we celebrate his resurrection. But at Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost comes fifty days after Easter. It means ‘fiftieth day’. Fifty days after Easter the disciples experienced the new life of the Holy Spirit. This year Pentecost falls on 9th June.
At Saint Giles it is customary to mark Pentecost by renewing our confirmation promises. At our confirmation, we made our adult commitment to Jesus Christ and we received the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live the Christian life. So Pentecost, the feast of the Holy Spirit, is a good occasion to renew our confirmation vows. Do please join us at the 9.30 am Sung Eucharist on Sunday 9th June to mark this important festival of the Christian year.