You may not have heard of these Christian celebrations. Some churches observe these special days and others do not. This does not make one church better than another. The point of my listing them is not that you should or should not observe them. It is to promote understanding of the traditions of different Christian churches. As Christians we must not let different traditions separate us. We are the body of Christ. There is one Savior, one God, one Spirit.
- National Day of Prayer –This is held on the first Thursday in May
This day was designated by the United States Congress when Americans of all religions are encouraged humble themselves to pray that the country will be protected from the dangers which threaten it. It was formally enacted in 1952. Most – not all - presidents since that time have signed a proclamation and hosted events each year recognizing the National Day of Prayer.
- Ascension Day – also called Holy Thursday or Ascension Thursday -- This is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter. As with all other days that have to do with Easter, the actual date of Ascension Day varies from year to year but is always on a Thursday. It is the observance of the day Jesus ascended into Heaven after spending forty days with His disciples after His resurrection.
- Pentecost -- Also known as Whitsunday, it is celebrated fifty days after Easter (again the date varying from year to year) – the tenth day after Ascension Day.
It marks the end of the Easter season and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples. The biblical account is found in Acts chapter 2
- Trinity Sunday -- celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is a festival of the Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Corpus Christi -- It is celebrated on Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
The name is Latin for Body of Christ. This day does not observe a particular even in the life of Jesus. It celebrates the body and the blood of Christ.
- At this time, I don’t know of any Christian feasts or observances in July.
- Transfiguration Sunday Transfiguration Sunday is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
As reported in Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8 and Luke 9:28-36, Jesus took his disciples, Peter, James and John to a mountain. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun and his clothes became filled with light. The disciples then realized that Moses and Elijah were there talking to Jesus.
Celebrating the Transfiguration celebrates human nature meeting God, the temporal and the eternal. Jesus is the connecting point between the two.
- Assumption Day Many countries celebrate this day on or around August 15.
This celebrates the day the Mary, the mother of Jesus ascended into Heaven following her death.
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