Join us online on Sunday 31 May as we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost
The Eucharist is the same as Holy Communion, Mass or The Lord’s Supper, which are different ways of describing the same service. We have at least one Eucharist every day at the Cathedral. It is the service in which Christians follow Jesus’ command to his disciples to share bread and wine in remembrance of him.
The service contains Bible readings and prayers, as well as the sharing of consecrated bread and wine, and everyone is sent out at the end to live and work to the praise and glory of God.
This Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter Day and the culmination of the Easter Season. Common Worship: Times & Seasons says this of this feast.
Pentecost (from the Greek pentekoste, ‘fiftieth’ of fifty days of celebration) has its roots in the Jewish Feast of Weeks, which was completed on the fiftieth day after Passover. On the fiftieth day of Easter, God sends his Holy Spirit to empower the Church to perform the mission which the risen Christ has entrusted to it; and he inaugurates the messianic community of perfect communication. Pentecost celebrates both the Holy Spirit and the Christian Church. It was originally the crown and completion of the Easter season; only later, in the medieval West, did it become a new festival season of its own. After the Easter Vigil, the time of Pentecost was a preferred occasion for baptism in early Christian centuries, and the services of Pentecost also reflect this baptismal theme. Christ’s disciples are born again of water and the spirit. There is some evidence that the ascension was first celebrated on the fiftieth day of Easter, but it was soon moved to the fortieth day in faithfulness to Luke’s chronology. Ascension and Pentecost are closely linked. The risen Lord is no longer present to the Church in the body of his flesh; the Church is now to be the new body of Christ, filled with his life through the gift of the Spirit.
In addition to the Cathedral Eucharist there will be 'Stations of the Church', a journey devised and led by the Dean through the early history of the church as chronicled in the book of the Acts of the Apostles. This set of 14 stations will be published on Facebook, YouTube and the Cathedral website at 12 noon and can be found here. The text of these Stations can be found on the Dean's blog here