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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pentecost and Ascension: Their Numerical Significance


Since the human body consists of the four elements, it was only fitting for Christ's bodily Ascension into Heaven to take place on the fortieth day after His glorious Resurrection from the dead. And since the immaterial spirit is rightly considered as the fifth element (or quite literally quint essence) of an otherwise material existence, it makes perfect sense for the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon His faithful followers and disciples to take place on the fiftieth day after the same bright event in the history of our salvation.

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