The Christian holy day of Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating a high Jewish holiday; you may read the entire account in the Book of Acts. In our faith tradition, Pentecost represents the birth of the Christian church and is celebrated as the longest season of the Christian year.
The Holy Spirit granted gifts to the Apostles that helped them fulfill their mission to preach the Gospel to all nations. For us, those gifts – wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of God – help us to live a Christian life.
In addition to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, there are fruits of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23).
The liturgical color of Pentecost is red which symbolizes the Holy Spirit, passion and zeal. The symbols are the dove and the flame.