Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity

The three feasts of Ascension (40 days after Easter), Pentecost (50 days after Easter) which leads to Trinity (the Sunday after Pentecost), in their different ways celebrate the belief that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are not just events of the past, but present day realities pointing the way to life, freedom and hope for all humankind now.

Through these feasts the beliefs are affirmed that Jesus Christ is Lord of all (Ascension), that the Spirit of God has been given to all humankind (Pentecost), and that the truth of faith is best found in the experience of community, for the nature of God is best understood in terms of a community of love (Trinity). However, in celebrating these feasts, as with the celebration of faith through the whole year, the important thing is not intellectual understanding, for faith is not about rational comprehension. It is about the glimpsing of a Mystery of Love which embraces the heart and leads to a profound sense of belonging and gratitude. That is what the Cathedral is about. These feasts are celebrated in a series of Eucharists, which is the principal service of the Cathedral. The word means ‘thanksgiving’.