The Church's Birthday!

Celebrating Pentecost 2008 at Saint Faith's

Sunday, May 11th was Pentecost Sunday (or Whit Sunday as it used to be called).
On that feast day we mark the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles at the first Pentecost,
and  we celebrate the 'Birthday of the Church'.

As in previous years, the church was decked for the festival
and the service was marked with colourful and innovative liturgy and worship
- with readings in Italian, French and Latin as well as English!.

Chris Price's pictures show something of the festive atmosphere that marked this very special day.
You can follow the links at the foot of this page to see previous years' celebrations,
and to access poetry and prayers for Pentecost.

Ready for the start of the Sung Eucharist: birthday balloons, Pentecost banners and flying doves in evidence

Fr Mark reads the Pentecost gospel in the midst of the congregation

Pentecostal flames on the hanging banner; 'Elijah Chairs' beneath the Nave Altar

 Junior Church teachers and a passing 'dove'  watch Fr Neil lighting the candles on the church's birthday cake

The blessing is given as the service draws to a close

Canon Rod Garner commissions those who will be making street collections in Christian Aid Week

The tail end of the procession makes its way down from  the Nave Altar

The Paschal Candle is is extinguished at the end of the 50 days of Easter

See how we celebrated Pentecost in 2005

A page of prayers and hymns for the season of Pentecost

A page of poetry for Pentecost and springtime

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