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On the Holy Ghost and His Descent Upon the Apostles - Lesson Ninth

Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (Confirmation Catechism)

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Lesson Eighth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 ended with the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before Christ returned to Heaven to take His place at the right hand of God the Father, He promised the Apostles that He would send His Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity.

The Apostles and the Virgin Mary spent nine days in prayer (the first novena) in preparation for the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost. The Holy Ghost will guide the Church until the end of time.

The questions are numbered consecutively with Lesson Eighth. For more information and links to other resources, click on each question below.

94. Q. Who is the Holy Ghost?

A. The Holy Ghost is the third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

95. Q. From whom does the Holy Ghost proceed?

A. The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son.

96. Q. Is the Holy Ghost equal to the Father and the Son?

A. The Holy Ghost is equal to the Father and the Son, being the same Lord and God as They are.

97. Q. On what day did the Holy Ghost come down upon the Apostles?

A. The Holy Ghost came down upon the Apostles ten days after the Ascension of our Lord; and the day on which He came down upon the Apostles is called Whitsunday, or Pentecost.

98. Q. How did the Holy Ghost come down upon the Apostles?

A. The Holy Ghost came down upon the Apostles in the form of tongues of fire.

99. Q. Who sent the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles?

A. Our Lord Jesus Christ sent the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles.

100. Q. Why did Christ send the Holy Ghost?

A. Christ sent the Holy Ghost to sanctify His Church, to enlighten and strengthen the Apostles, and to enable them to preach the Gospel.

101. Q. Will the Holy Ghost abide with the Church forever?

A. The Holy Ghost will abide with the Church forever, and guide it in the way of holiness and truth.

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