issues statement to mark Pentecost
JUNE 9, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada issued the following statement for Pentecost:
“Today, Christians across Canada and around the world will celebrate the feast of Pentecost.
“Fifty days after Jesus’ Resurrection and ten days after His Ascension, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ followers, gathered in the upper room with Jesus’ mother Mary.
“The Bible speaks of the Apostles being filled with the Holy Spirit, and they went out and in different languages, began preaching the Gospel to the Israelites gathered in Jerusalem from many different countries. Three thousand people were baptized on that first day, which has long been considered the birth of the Church.
“While the Church was founded by Jesus in Jerusalem, it very quickly spread to other nations and cultures, and today is found in every country around the world, including people of every culture and background. The great diversity of the Church is mirrored by Canada’s diversity, and the teachings of Jesus are held in the highest esteem by so many Canadians of every different background.
“This day is an important occasion to reflect on the history of the Church and on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Christians seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our communities – to reach the broken and hurting, to welcome the oppressed and the down-trodden, and to love the lonely among us – which is made possible by the action of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I would like to extend my very best wishes to all those celebrating Pentecost.”