Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mother. This event marks the BIRTHday of the Church as with this power of the Holy Spirit the apostles went out to be Jesus' witnesses to the world, able to speak all language and perform great acts. Here are some ideas to celebrate this day with your family.
Since I wrote this post to auto post, Jessica posted a Pentecost post with even more ideas, so check out her list too. "But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 Prayer Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy Faithful; and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created, and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary or a decade focusing on the third Glorious Mystery - The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Finish or start the Holy Spirit Novena "Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" Acts 2:3-4 Reading & Learning
Wisdom - Understanding - Counsel - Fortitude -Knowledge - Piety - Fear of the Lord
Charity - Joy - Peace - Patience - Kindness - Goodness - Generosity
Gentleness - Faithfulness - Modesty - Self-control - Chastity
Learn the Twelve Apostles Andrew - Bartholomew - James (the Greater) - James (the Lesser)
John - Jude Thaddeus - Matthew - Matthias (who replaced Judas) Peter - Philip - Simon - Thomas
Though not one of the twelve Apostles, Saint Paul is numbered as an Apostle of the first rank. The name is also given to Saint Barnabas. The Apostles of Jesus by Lawrence Lovasik Tomie DePaola's Book of Bible Stories by Tomie dePaola The Very First Christians by Paul L. Maier I Believe: The Nicene Creed by Pauline Baynes
The Twelve Apostles by Marianna Mayer Crafts & Activities
Make Dawn or Jessica's Pentecost Windstock, and then you can use it as a Pentecost decoration every year Make this Holy Spirit mobile Fly a kite or make a Pentecost kite described in The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions since the wind to fly the kite symbolizes the wind of the Holy Spirit
Decorate your table using a red tablecloth or table runner since red is the liturgical color of Pentecost
Make a matching game with doubles of holy cards or printed pictures of the Twelve Apostles
Food & Treats

Make a red velvet cake with white cream cheese frosting for the Church's birthday, since red is the liturgical color for Pentecost. Inspired by Jessica at Catholic Cuisine the decorations have the following symbolism: White Frosting - For "Whitsunday" Large Candle in Center - represents Christ our Light, who promised to send the Holy Ghost. 12 Birthday Candles - represent the 12 Apostles and the tongues of fire. 7 red hearts - made of candy or icing, represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost 12 strawberries - represent the 12 fruits of the Holy Ghost Before cutting the cake, let the children blow out the candles representing the "mighty wind." Pentecost is also known as "Whitsunday, so serve white foods such as chicken, egg white omelets with white cheeses, cauliflower, pasta with alfredo sauce. Jessica had a cute idea of white powdered sugar donuts and milk for breakfast.

Jessica's Holy Spirit Crackers are a cute snack idea For more Pentecost food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine.
Happy Birthday Holy Mother Church!!
May the Holy Spirit be with you.

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