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Pentecost is the feast that marks the end of the Great Fifty Days of Eastertide. This time frame is borrowed from the seven-week period between the Jewish feasts of Passover and Shavuot. For Christians, Pentecost is the feast of the Holy Spirit. The move towards Pentecost begins on Ascension Day (the fortieth day after Easter). Then begins ten days of preparation for the feast of Pentecost itself. In recent years, many churches have rediscovered the meaningfulness of this period just before Pentecost, and this is often shown in the liturgies used for the Sunday before Pentecost, Easter 7.
Corpus Christi is a day of thanksgiving for the institution of Holy Communion. It is traditionally celebrated sixty days after Easter, on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. However, in some place, particularly in the United States, Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity.
The fest of the Sacred Heart is observed in the Roman Catholic Church nineteen days after Pentecost, on the Friday after the First Sunday after Trinity (Second Sunday after Pentecost).
The liturgical colour for the feast of Pentecost is red: symbolic of the tongues of fire that settled on the apostles' heads. The other main feasts have white or gold as their colour. The colour for Ordinary Time, green, is generally used for other days after either Pentecost or Trinity Sunday