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Pentecost, is always the fiftieth day after Easter and the tenth day after the Ascension. It is considered the second most important Christian holiday, the first being Easter. The primary focus on Pentecost is the Holy Spirit descending on the Apostles, giving them the Gifts of the Spirit. In Acts 2:1-4, we are told:
“When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues of fire, these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.”
With this gift, the Apostles could communicate the teachings of Jesus Christ to all who were open to receiving them, regardless of the language they spoke.
Jesus Prepares The Apostles For Their Ministry
In the forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus Christ prepared the Apostles for their ministry. We read in Valentin Tomberg’s Christ and Sophia that pictures appeared before their souls, revealing pairs of information each containing an image of Jesus Christ and an event from His life before the crucifixion that held a higher spiritual truth. On the day of the Ascension, these pictures not only ceased being shared with the Apostles, they were “erased” from their experience along with images of Jesus Christ. This was a devastating experience, leading the Apostles into a downward spiral toward the death of their souls. In these hours of despair, with the unfailing support of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Apostles bonded through their emptiness, creating a single group heart.
Pope Benedict XVI in his book, Maria, tells us that “Mary sustained the faith of Peter and the Apostles in the Upper Room, and today she sustains my faith and your faith.”
How Mary Rose Above Her Own Grief For the Apostles
Mary was prepared for her destiny as a child raised in the Essene religious community. She was aligned with the Ten Commandments, disciplined and connected to the heavenly kingdom. This prepared her for the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel that she was chosen to be the Mother of God.
The purity of Mary’s life was reflected in the clear energy surrounding her physical body. This clarity enabled her to receive the revelations of Wisdom Sophia and pour them out into the world as inspirations of the soul. In the days preceding Pentecost, the Virgin Mary occupied the central position in the circle of twelve. Tomberg describes this beautifully, saying, “At the time of Pentecost, the twelve Apostles represented a twelve-petalled flower in which the individual petals were arranged around a central point.” That point was Mary, the Mother of Jesus, or Virgin Sophia in the Hermetic Christian tradition. Virgin Sophia was the heart of the heart, which became, at the hour of Pentecost, the heart of humanity, elevating the revelations of the Apostles to personal convictions. The Apostles were then able to preach the gospels as truth that lived within them.
Jesus Christ Shares His Soul Energy With The Apostles
The last time Jesus Christ addressed the Apostles face to face was immediately before his Ascension, when he told them, “I was with you as your master; now I go to the Father, so that I may be in you, as the Father is in me.” This promise was fulfilled at Pentecost, when the Christ impulse entered into the souls of the Apostles and they received the Gifts of the Holy Spirit described in the quote from Acts at the beginning of this blog.
Pentecost is a passage of the Apostles to their full glory as witnesses to the Word of God. Their training by the Risen Christ, the sharing of his soul with them, their nurturance and prayerful soul elevation by Virgin Sophia and “the descent of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit so inspired them that on that first Pentecost day, St. Peter’s preaching brought 3,000 souls into the Christian community, as first fruits to God,” we are told at Fisheaters.com.
Pentecost reminds us of the power of a group committed to a single vision. That power expands when we present our vision to the Divine and ask for heavenly support. Celebrating Pentecoat at church or with like-minded friends can remind us of the shared vision the draws us together.
If you decide to embellish a Pentecost event, the colors of the holiday are white and the fiery reds and oranges of flames. The dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit and the columbine, with its dove-shaped petals, is a popular flower for the day.
Click on June, 2011 for updated Audio Imagery for Pentecost. _________________
Other Sites For Information On Pentecost and the Divine Feminine
<http://www.uscatholic.org> for Desperately Seeking Sophia
Thank you for joining me again. The Imagery for Pentecost will be published next Saturday, June 4th, along with references for developing the Spiritual Senses.
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May Your Pentecost Preparations By Joyful, Barbarah