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The Symbols of Pentecost

A brief description of the four symbols of Pentecost.

Wind

Representing God’s first breath of love (Ruah) into all of creation. A “driving wind” surrounded the apostles on that first Pentecost to strengthen them in their faith. The breath of the Holy Spirit – and sometimes a gusting wind – strengthens and challenges God’s people on their faith journey.

Fire

Representing the Holy Spirit, who filled the apostles with enthusiasm, replacing their fear with the courage to go forth and share Christ’s story. “Tongues of fire … came to rest on each one of them.”

Red

The color of liturgical vestments on Pentecost, representing the dynamism of the Holy Spirit and the zeal of those who open their hearts to the Spirit.

Water

Representing new life and the commitment first made at the time of our baptism and renewed throughout our faith lives.

Dove

Representing the Holy Spirit that descended “like a dove” and hovered over Jesus when he was baptized. Symbol of peace.

Dean Daniels
Director
oremus@archmil.org
414-769-3349

Susan Skibba
MissionInsite Coordinator, Assistant
skibbas@archmil.org
414-769-3355

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