Come, Holy Spirit!

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!

As you can imagine, there’s some amazing artworks about the Pentecost! Most of the artwork looks a bit like this:

Pentecost, by Fray Juan Bautista Maíno, c. 1615-20. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Via
Pentecost, by Fray Juan Bautista Maíno, c. 1615-20. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

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.

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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