Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here

More from Aleteia

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia



Come, Holy Spirit! Pentecost pictured in icons

Public Domain

These images portray the moment the apostles received the gifts they needed to preach the Gospel to the world.

Click here to launch the slideshow

This Sunday, May 20, the Catholic Church celebrates Pentecost, the feast that marks the end of Easter and recalls the birth of the Church.

While gathered together in prayer in the Upper Room following Christ’s Ascension to Heaven (Acts 1), the apostles, Mary, and Jesus’ followers were confronted with a “strong, driving” wind and tongues of fire that allowed them to speak different languages to spread the Gospel to the world.

The Pentecost icon, displayed for veneration on Pentecost Sunday, depicts the events described in the Book of Acts, serving not just as a historical record, but as a recognition that the presence of the Holy Spirit is still with us in the Church today, as is explained in “A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons.”

Launch the slideshow to view the Eastern Church’s icons for the feast of Pentecost:











Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]