Christians the world over are today marking Pentecost, a day the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles. While some Churches would be open for worship particularly in the South East of the country, majority of those in the South West, like Lagos State are still under lock and key. Like has been the case since the past
two months, there would be a live televised Mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral by 8.30am while the faithful are expected to hook-up live on television and the social media.
At the Vatican, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass in the Vatican Basilica without the participation of the faithful by 10.am local time. Later he will recite the Regina Coeli from St Peter’s square. Immediately afterwards, at 12.00 noon, Pope Francis will resume the recitation of the Regina Coeli prayer with the faithful from the window of his private study overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
Police will be on hand to guarantee safe access, taking care the faithful respect the necessary social distancing measures. Pentecost, celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Book of Acts of the Bible. It represents the birth of the early church.