Sunday, May 19, 2013

Celebrating Pentecost {and 2013 Link-Up!}

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.

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday! Since Pentecost if the Birthday of the Church, our family always celebrates with a birthday cake! Our cake is a usually a white cake with white frosting since Pentecost is also known as Whitsunday. The large candle in center represents Christ our Light, who promised to send the Holy Ghost, and the 12 smaller white candles represent the 12 Apostle and the tongues of fire. The 7 red hearts (strawberry slices on this cake) represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost, and the 12 strawberries, placed around the cake, represent the 12 fruits of the Holy Ghost.

After singing Happy Birthday to the Church, our kids blow out the candles with a "mighty wind."

Pentecost Sunday 2012 (full post at Shower of Roses)

Be sure to take pictures tomorrow to share in the link-up below.
To Participate:

1. Create a post about your Pentecost Sunday celebration.
2. Using the linky below, enter the exact link to your post.
3. Add a link your post, referring back to this post so that others can find the link-up as well!
4. Be sure to visit the links and see how everyone else has been celebrating!

O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord.

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  1. Thanks for the ideas. I love the might wind theme. I was planning on reading the Acts reading tonight but i love the idea of adding the cake and the mighty wind!

  2. I loved all your Pentecost ideas from the archives - I hope to add the windsock craft to our feast next year!

  3. I will hopefully get around to posting and linking up within a day ro two. love everyone's cakes.

  4. The birthday cake is a nice idea, but you need 13 small candles and 13 strawberries. The Blessed Virgin Mary was in the cenacle with the Apostles. Since her fiat and the Incarnation, she is spouse of the Holy Ghost. She receives Him first and most perfectly. Hence the Mother of God becomes the Mother of the Church and the Church is born and then the birthday cake. Give her a candle and flame!

    1. Yes, there could be an extra candle for the Blessed Virgin but if someone doesn't have a different color candle or different kind of candle, can see how that might be confusing to the little ones if they associate the smaller candles for the Apostles (we don't want them to think that the 13th candle is for Judas).

      But in this fun, family activity, the strawberries are representing the FRUITS of the Holy Spirit. Why would there be 13?

  5. Well, since Jesus is in heaven at this point and sending down the "fire" of the Holy Spirit, I would put a larger blue candle in the middle to represent the Blessed Virgin instead of Jesus. Just a suggestion of what I'll be doing. :)