Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Church!

Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit onto the twelve apostles. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks after Easter, this year on May 31st. 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.

"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

What better way to celebrate a birthday than to have a birthday cake. Since red is the liturgical color for Pentecost, I think a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing sounds perfect. Place twelve candles on the cake representing the twelve apostles, and the lighting of the candles represents the flame of the Holy Spirit descending upon them.

"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

There are so many variations of red and white cake and decorations possible, so make whatever cake combination you fancy. I am doing this for the first time this year so I don't have a picture of a red velvet cake with twelve candles on it yet. This picture is meant to sweeten your appetite to want to make this scrumptious treat to celebrate the Holy Spirit and the beginning of our Holy Mother Church.

This post was written by Robina, at Motherly Loving, and submitted for publication here at Catholic Cuisine. Thank you Robina!

For more ideas for celebrating Pentecost, be sure to check the archives
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  1. A red velvet cake is a great idea for a Pentecost "birthday" cake.

  2. I have done that before, but with a 7-layer twist, one layer for each of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Any tips for the 7 layers? I have not done a 7 layer cake ever before this one and the layers always come out too thick, and I'm not sure how long they should stay in. Also don't forget a blue candle in the center for the Blessed Mother.:)

  3. I your layers are too thick, try cutting each layer in half. Get a long strand of dental floos, place the layer on a flat surface, top of cake facing up. Line up floss in the middle of the layer along one side, and gently see saw the floss through the layer, and voila, you have two layers!

    Lori Overson, Church of Nativity Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, GA