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Conn. church will have service in 6 different languages Sunday

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Previous Pentecost celebration at St. John's Episcopal Church, Bridgeport, Conn. / Photo submitted

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bridgeport, Conn. will be one of many churches across the world having a Pentecost service this Sunday.

What is Pentecost?

Pentecost is the day that the Christian church was born, according to The Christian Post. Christians celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit during this time.

Christians believe that Jesus’ disciples were hanging out one day (the day of Pentecost), and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, which gave them ability to speak in other languages.

What’s going to happen on Sunday?

In honor of what happened that day, the service at St. John’s will be given in six different languages – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Creole, French and American Sign Language, said Geoffrey Hahneman, the church’s rector.

Episcopal churches from around the state will participate in the service, and Caribbean and Latin bands from the churches will perform. The service will also be followed by a feast, Hahneman said.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

The celebration will reflect the diversity in the Bridgeport area, Hahneman said. “We are neither a ghetto nor a gated community.”

The service starts at 10 a.m. and St. John’s is located at 768 Fairfield Ave., in Bridgeport. For more information about the service, call the church at 203-335-2528.

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