May 27, 2018

May 10, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

More on Pentecost:

 

The Liturgical celebration of Pentecost in Western churches is rich and varied. The main sign of Pentecost in the West is the color RED. It symbolizes the joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit.

 

Priests or ministers, and choirs wear red vestments, and in modern times the custom has extended to the lay people of the congregation wearing red clothing in celebration has well. Some churches hang red banners from the walls and ceiling to symbolize the blowing of the “mighty wind.’ and the free movement of the Spirit.

 

In Italy it was customary to scatter rose petals from the ceiling of the churches to recall the miracle of the fiery tongues and hence in Sicily, and elsewhere in Italy, Pentecost is also called, “Pasqua ROSATUM”. Of course the word ROSATUM refers to the red vestments worn by the priests. In France, trumpets were blown to recall the sound of the mighty wind which accompanied the descent of the Holy Spirit.

 

Pentecost is a great celebration. The church uses many senses so we can experience its depth.

 

Have a good week…

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

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