Simple and Festive Ways to Celebrate Pentecost in Your Home

Pentecost is nearly here, bringing with it the end to our Easter season. It is hard to believe that it has been 50 days since we celebrated Easter. The word Pentecost actually comes from the Greek word pentekoste which means fiftieth. On Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming to the apostles in the upper room as a mighty wind and tongues of fire. It is the birthday of the Catholic church, because after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit the apostles went out and began preaching the good news of Jesus.

Celebrating this feast day is a wonderful way to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Catholic church! I love Sunday feast days, because it usually allows a little extra time to be devoted to celebrating. Celebrating a Feast Day doesn’t have to be elaborate or time consuming. In our home a celebration usually includes creating a little display (often with images printed from the internet), some type of themed food and a book/prayer/discussion. I find themed food helps build a little excitement and draws them in to the learning/prayer piece. If I’m really on top of my game I might throw in an activity or craft, but not usually.

Simple Ways to Celebrate

Below are a collection of super easy and fun ways to celebrate the feast day. Choose one or combine a few to tailor the celebration to what works best for your family!

Dress Liturgically

Of course attending Mass is the first way to celebrate! Red is the liturgical color for the feast, and wearing red is a great way to get into the spirit of the day. It can also be a great conversation starter with your kids!

Set the Mood with Music

The start of Pentecost is really the Holy Spirit, so play a playlist that is all about the Holy Spirit! You can have it playing as you get ready for Mass, fix a meal or just as you are relaxing and enjoying your Sunday. Some of my favorite contemporary Christian music falls into this category. I love:

  • Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli
  • Oceans- Hillside United
  • Breathe on Us- Kari Jobe
  • Fullness- Elevation Worship
  • Here as in Heaven- Elevation Worship

Have a Coloring Session

If you have kids (or adults) in your home that love to color here are a few coloring pages that I like. Play some music and pull out the markers! Here are some fun free coloring pages.

Call Upon the Holy Spirit

This feels a little bit like a no brainer, but here are some special prayers to the Holy Spirit that would be perfect for the day.

Litany of the Holy Spirit

Veni, Sanctus Spiritus

Novena to the Holy Spirit– This is often said on the 9 days leading up to Pentecost, but I can’t imagine there is a bad time to start a Novena.

Learn to say Holy Spirit in other Languages

The apostles were given the gift of speaking in tongues at Pentecost. You can use THIS website to learn to say Holy Spirit in many other languages. It is a wonderful opportunity to discuss how the Catholic church is universal, and how amazing it must have been to hear the apostles speak in tongues!

Enjoy Themed Food

Can you even celebrate a Feast Day without themed food? Yes, the answer is yes, but gosh themed food is fun and really helps bring the feast day to life. Here are a few fun ideas for Pentecost. Several ideas require a dove cookie cutter, which I realize you might not have on hand. I grabbed one on Amazon, I figured, Lord willing, we will have 4 confirmations and of course Pentecost every year, so it might come in handy. This cookie cutter set is a little more, but it would have you set for a variety of liturgical living celebrations, including first communion, confirmation or a baptism.

Tongues of Fire Snack Tray

Think red/orange foods!

  • strawberries
  • red/orange mini pepper or bell peppers
  • doritos
  • cheese slices cut into flame shape

Dove Inspired Snack Tray

White foods would be a great way to symbolize the Holy Spirit, often associated with a white dove.

  • popcorn
  • string cheese
  • marshmallows
  • white chocolate cover pretzels
  • powder sugar donuts or donut holes

Fruits of the Spirit Fruit Salad

Any combination of 12 Fruits will work to represent the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit. If you don’t want to mix all the varieties then you can create a food tray by arranging them on a tray.

*Read more about the 12 vs 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit here.

7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Layer Dip

Serve a traditional 7 layer dip to represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit

Dove Shaped Food

If you have a dove cookie cutter you could make simple dove shaped sandwiches or rice krispy treats.

Tongues of Fire Dessert

Cut the top off of a strawberry and add it to the top of your favorite dessert and you have a tongues of fire dessert! Cupcakes, brownie sundaes, cake- it will work for a variety of desserts and is a simple way to make a liturgical dessert!

Birthday Cake

Since Pentecost is considered the birthday of the Catholic Church, birthday cake is the perfect dessert for this feast day. Add strawberries and candles and use a “mighty wind” to blow them out. I added little apostle toppers using THIS free download from Be A Heart.

Get Fired Up

Since the Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire it seems only fitting that you celebrate with fire! You could fire up the grill…burgers and hot dogs would go perfect with tongues of fire chips (doritos), 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit fruit salad, and 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit 7-layer dip if you really want to go all out! Or enjoy a bon-fire together with s’mores and prayers to close out your day.

Set Up a Display

Use the printables below or find an image for Pentecost that you love (This digital download from Etsy would be perfect.) to set up a Pentecost display on a table or prayer altar. I think that having a visual focal point helps to bring the events of sacred scripture and tradition to life, making it easy for us to reflect and celebrate!

Host a Gathering

This feast day would be a great opportunity to build community and to celebrate the faith with others. It seems very fitting given that it is the birthday of the Church and the apostles were gathered together in prayer during the first Pentecost! Invite over a friend or another family to share in a cookout or bon-fire. Take some time for fellowship and prayer together.

If you plan to use some of the theme foods mentioned above grab the food cards below to set out with your foods. Add some red napkins and cups and you are all set for an laid back Pentecost gathering!

Did I forget your favorite way to celebrate Pentecost? Please share, I love to collect ideas and traditions!

Come, Holy Spirit, Come

Megan

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MEET MEG

Hey, I’m Megan, wife to Chad, mama to our three rambunctious boys, Grady, Marshall, Stafford and our sweet little girl, Ainsley Nell.  I have a passion for celebrating holidays, cherishing seasons, creating memories, collecting traditions, connecting hearts and chasing joy.   Thanks for coming along for our journey.

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