The Catholic Church celebrates when the Holy Spirit descended on Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus had risen from the dead on Easter. Pentecost commemorates the birth of the Church and marks the end of the seven weeks of Easter.

The Greek word pentekoste means “fiftieth day”. 

For nine days, since Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven, the Apostles had been hiding in fear and praying to God. On the tenth day, the Holy Spirit descended on the Virgin Mary, the Apostles, and other followers of Jesus in the upper room.

The Third Person of the Holy Trinity empowered and emboldened them to come out from hiding and spread the Gospel. Over 3000 people were baptized on that first Christian Pentecost, marking the beginning of the Church.

The liturgical color of red symbolizes the Holy Spirit descending as tongues of fire and the fire that was lit in the hearts of Jesus’ followers.

The Holy Spirit continues to guide and unify the Church while inspiring and encouraging Catholics today.

Pentecost in 2 Minutes:

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When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. 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 and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

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The Lord descends as fire in the New and Old Testaments:

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The Holy Spirit descended where Mary and the Apostles were praying:

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – USA

The room where the Holy Spirit descended:

Christian Media Center – English

We know that the disciples sought shelter in the Upper Room after the arrest of their Lord and that they had remained isolated for fear of suffering the same fate. After Jesus’ Resurrection their fear was not suddenly dispelled. But here at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit rested upon them, those men emerged fearless and began to proclaim the Good News of the Crucified and Risen Christ to all. They were not afraid because they felt they were in the hands of the strongest One. Yes, dear brothers and sisters, wherever the Spirit of God enters he puts fear to flight; he makes us know and feel that we are in the hands of an Omnipotence of love: something happens, his infinite love does not abandon us.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, 31 May 2009

Celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit: 

Catholic News Service

The Holy Spirit is ferocious and dangerous:

Bishop Robert Barron

On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a divine person: of his fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 731

We need the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us:

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You have been given a unique manifestation of the Holy Spirit:


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No one loves as much as God:

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