Chag HaShavuot Sameach! "Happy Feast of Weeks"! | Melkam Beale Menfus Qidus Happy "Feast of The Holy Spirit"!
Ezekiel 1:1-28; 3:12
New Testament Reading
John 1:32-34; Matthew 3:11-17; Acts 2:1--21;37-41
Pentecost is the old Greek name for the Hebrew Festival of Weeks (Hebrew Chag ha-Shavuot). It is called by that name in Exodus 34:22 and Deuteronomy 16:10. It is also called the Festival of Reaping (Chag ha-Katsir) in Exodus 23:16. Among the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahed Church it is known as the Feast of the Holy Spirit (Beale Menfus Qidus).
The biblical narrative of Pentecost is given in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. Present were about one hundred and twenty followers of Christ (Acts 1:15), including the Twelve Apostles (i.e. the Eleven faithful disciples and Matthias who was Judas Iscariot's replacement) (Acts 1:13, 26), his mother Mary, various other women disciples and his brothers (Acts 1:14). Their reception of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room is recounted in Acts 2:1–6.