Reflecting on 21 Centuries of Faith

Pentecost Traditions

Like every Solemnity, traditions have developed around this liturgical feasts.  Among them is the ancient tradition at the Pantheon otherwise known as the Church St. Maria of the Martyrs. On the Solemnity of Pentecost at the Pantheon; rose petals are dropped from the open oculus at twelve o’clock noon in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. As the “dew” falls, the choir chants the sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus! This a tradition that incarnates faith with the senses. Blessed be God!

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