We’re juuuuust about to finish up the Easter candy in my family, which means that Pentecost is on its way! And an exciting event it is… after all, it’s the birthday of the Church, in which the disciples officially received the Holy Spirit and went out to set the world on fire with the love of Christ!
Here is the bible passage that describes the first Pentecost… which also coincidentally happens to be the first reading for this Sunday!
Acts of the Apostles 2
1 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. 2And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. 3Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. 6At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? 9We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, 11both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”
As you can imagine, there’s some amazing artworks about the Pentecost! Most of the artwork looks a bit like this:
The disciples of Christ, including our Blessed Mother, gather together in the upper room, praying. When all of the sudden, bam! Wind rushes by and the Holy Spirit descends upon them in tongues of fire!
So, in this imagery, you’ll see the Holy Spirit, personified as a dove, hovering over the disciples. You’ll see tongues of fire coming from the dove and heading toward the disciples. And, to indicate the movement and the rush, you’ll see plumes of smoke surrounding the dove… and, if you look into the smoke, you’ll see images of Heaven, with angels peeking at the scene!
So, before this Pentecost, let’s prepare ourselves for the Holy Spirit and pray:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.