Have you ever seen books or heard conversations about Pentecost Sunday and wondered what on earth it was? Why do we talk about it? What is the significance of Pentecost Sunday? I’d like to try to answer your questions and also give you an amazing Pentecost Sunday Cookie Recipe!
What is Pentecost Sunday?
Pentecost Sunday is a day celebrated by many Christians across the world. It has a deep meaning since it wholly commemorates the day the Holy Spirit fell upon the twelve disciples. This is basically seen as the “birth” of the church and, therefore, many people see it as a birthday celebration for the church in general.
When is Pentecost Celebrated?
Since the Holy Spirit fell on the twelve disciples not longer after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter. The word “pentecost” is actually Greek for the “fiftieth day.” This is around the presumed time that the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples, effectively marking the beginning of the church. Therefore, Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter or 50 days after.
What Happened on Pentecost Sunday?
What occurred on Pentecost Sunday can be found in Acts 2.
Acts 2:1-4 – When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Of course, there are far more details to what happened on this day but, in short, this is what occurred to birth the physical church. I urge you to read beyond the verses I shared above as you will learn more details about why that occurrence was so amazing and why we celebrate it.
What’s the Significance of Pentecost?
As briefly stated, Pentecost Sunday was the day attributed with the physical birth of the church. For this reason, it is seen as a birthday celebration for the church and all its followers. The symbols and color attributed with this holiday are red, a flame, wind, and a dove. Some churches add in orange and yellow as well, which combined with red are the colors of a flame.
These symbols come from what the verse states about “a violent wind” and “tongues of fire.” The Holy Spirit is symbolized in the dove. Parishioners usually wear red on Pentecost Sunday and Priests will wear red vestments. There are special prayers that are set aside just for Pentecost also.
Jewish people also utilize this holiday to celebrate the end of Passover. Passover is when the ten plagues were brought to Pharaoh and his land. The last plague was the death of the first-born unless blood was placed above and around the doors of homes. Those who placed the blood were passed over and not touched by the final plague.
Pentecost Sunday is used to celebrate when Moses was given the laws not long after the plagues occurred. However, catholics and many other Christian groups use Pentecost to celebrate the birth of the physical church.
What is the Feast of Weeks in the Bible?
Pentecost Sunday is known under multiple names across various cultures. You may also find that it is referred to as different names throughout the Bible. I will list a few below; although, you might run into a few more. Just remember all of the names will largely stem from the explanations I have listed below.
Feast of Weeks – This name simply comes from the fact that this feast and celebration comes exactly seven weeks after the resurrection (Easter).
Feast of 50 Days – This name also derives from the timing of the feast and celebration.
Whitsunday – This is an English name for Pentecost Sunday which actually means, “White Sunday.” This is because, if you read further in Acts chapter 2, you will see that around 3,000 people were baptized that day and the white signifies the robes they were when being baptized.
The Feast of Harvest – Around the timing of this feast is when people would bring in the first harvest from what they planted. This feast commemorates the fact that God provides not only a wonderful harvest concerning food but, of bringing in new believers. The day the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they brought in (or harvested) so many souls for Christ and this was seen as a type of “first fruits.” This is largely because of the connection to the timing of the actual first harvest and its correlation with God’s provisions.
The Day of First-Fruits – This is simply a name that stems from the same meaning as The Feast of Harvest.
Pentecost Sunday is a wonderful day to fellowship over wonderful food and to celebrate the beginning of the church. Many of those who celebrate have special recipes that they save for this time of the year. A lot of these recipes center around the color of fire or the symbols I previously mentioned. I wanted to share a cookie recipe I like to use for my own Pentecost Sunday celebrations.
Pentecost Sunday + Pentecost Sunday Cookies
Makes – 80
- 1½ cups of All-purpose Flour ( I love King Arthur)
- 1 tsp of Baking Powder
- ½ cup (1 sticks) of Unsalted Butter, softened
- 1 cup of Sugar, if you want a low carb alternative you can use pyure
- One large Egg
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups of Confectioners Sugar
- 4 teaspoon of Milk
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- Red and Yellow Food Colors
Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder. Keep aside
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat it till smooth.
Gradually add the sifted flour and fold in.
Chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
Generously flour the working surface.
Divide the dough into two equal halves. Roll one half into a large circle with a thickness of ¼ inch.
Using a leaf cookie cutter, cut out as many leaves as possible. The leaves will make it look like fire believe it or not. If your cookie cutter has a leaf stem, I just cut that part out. Re roll the dough and cut more leaves. We got 40 leaves for each dough half.
Place the cookies in a parchment lined cookie sheet and chill for another 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Bake the chilled cookies for 10 minutes will slightly golden at the edges.
Let them cool completely before frosting.
Repeat the same process with the remaining half of the dough.
Place the sifted confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Add the milk and vanilla extract and whisk it till smooth.
Divide the frosting into 3 bowls.
For the Red frosting – add 4 drops of red food coloring into the bowl and mix well.
Now for the Orange frosting – add 1 drops of red food coloring and 8 drops of yellow food coloring into the bowl and mix well.
Then for the Yellow frosting – add 6 drops of yellow food coloring into the bowl and mix well.
To frost the cookies – using a butter knife, spread 3 stripes of each color on the cookies, starting with red on the thickest end, then orange and then yellow frosting on the tapering end.
Using a toothpick, blend each layer into the other, while giving it a fire effect.
Let the frosting dry for 10 minutes.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
- Instead of using vanilla extract you can use almond extract or lemon extract to change the flavors.
- Use the same extract in the cookies and the frosting.
- The frosting dries quite quickly, so work quickly when blending the layers.
- Do not use a lot of frosting for each layers or it will bleed into each other and become a humongous mess with dull orange frosting, covering the entire cookie. Instead of 3 distinct layers.
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