Pentecost Celebration

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Sundays are a sacred day for many people. As Edgar Hernandez, the Pastoral Associate for the Catholic Community of Meridian explains, not every Sunday worship gets this sort of attention.

"Pentecost Sunday is the feast of the birthday of the church, really. When the holy spirit came upon the apostles and gave them the strength and the courage to go out and preach the good news of Jesus being raised from the dead," explains Hernandez.

Since Pentecost is upon us, Meridian's Catholic Community came together at Okatibbee Lake. Prayers were said in ten to twelve different languages to symbolize the diversity of those celebrating the day.

"What's amazing is that Pentecost brings the church universal together. What's amazing about this feast day is no matter what language or what country you're from, you're still apart of the universal church," says Hernandez.

"Pentecost means bringing all of the nations together and speaking different languages and so forth. We're hear representing the Catholic Community of Meridian. We have all different nationalities represented,' explains Inez Storr, a member of the Catholic Community of Meridian and a retired Spanish teacher.

This day showcasing the rich culture featured a procession of fifty different flags. Father Frank Cosgrove is the Pastor for St. Patrick's an St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He says the day of Pentecost has a very specific focus.

"The focus today is on our diversity as a catholic community of St. Joseph's, St. Patrick's and the Naval Air Station," says Pastor Cosgrove.

And that diversity is something Hernandez and Pastor Cosgrove are proud of.

"Pentecost Sunday brings people together of all races, all languages together," says Hernandez.

"We're delighted that we are a diverse Catholic community. And this is one of the times that we bring everybody together. And you know, the word Catholic means universal. We celebrate our universality and diversity," exclaims Pastor Cosgrove.

The flags from around the world, the singing, and the worship in so many languages captured the essence of this day. Being outside with so many people also added to the worship.

"Well, actually out in the open kind of gives it the what I call, 'back to the original roots' of preaching the gospel out in the open. So it kind of bring it back to the original roots," says Hernandez.

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  • by Blessed to be Catholic on May 23, 2010 at 06:34 PM
    It is so refreshing to see diversity in the Catholic Community......A lesson to others who reject diversity which seems to be the majority of Mississippians. WASP or you are an outsider......Ugh.
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