Rose petals like tongues of fire…

I’ve heard of this Roman tradition, but have never seen it: On Pentecost, to symbolize the Holy Spirit’s descent on the Apostles and Mary, rose petals are dropped from the Pantheon’s oculus. The video belows gives a sense of what it would be like to experience the event.

You’ll notice Veni Creator Spiritus being chanted in the background, and according to my friend Renata, on whose blog I read this, there’s also a white dove that circles down at the 1:17 minute mark.



Zoe Romanowsky is writer, consultant, and coach. Her articles have appeared in "Catholic Digest," "Faith & Family," "National Catholic Register," "Our Sunday Visitor," "Urbanite," "Baltimore Eats," and Zo

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