We have now arrived at the final day of Eastertide of 2023, with the Solemnity of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out after the Ascension into Heaven of Christ our Redeemer. Today is considered the “Birthday of the Church.”
For a fuller explanation of today’s feast, please visit the Homily Page of our website.
The predominant color of Pentecost is red, symbolizing the fire of Divine Love of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. The Mass vestments and altar linens are red on this day. We use red flowers as well to decorate the church.
For Christians and Catholics, the Sacrament of Confirmation is the special moment for receiving God’s Holy Spirit into our life. Of course, that dwelling of the Holy Spirit can and should be renewed throughout one’s life, especially by an active participation in the public and private worship of the Church.
May we taste and see the goodness of the  Lord in our lives each day, and especially in the reception of the Holy Eucharist (Communion) at least once a week,  and more often if possible.
Happy Pentecost Sunday!
Abbot Christian and the monks