Some CP&S friends would know that, annually at Pentecost, probably hundreds of thousands of red rose petals are sent showering down through the oculus of the dome of the Pantheon in Rome while the choir sings the Veni Creator Spiritus – very probably to suggest the appearance of tongues of fire over the heads of the disciples at that very first Christian Pentecost. In 2010, however, it looks like a white dove descended through the oculus also and circled round near the top of the dome – as can be seen in this video at about the 1:20 mark. I have a feeling that is suggestive of something, but can’t quite put my finger on what it is:
The gift of tongues so evident among the folk on the ground seems significant too. Oh well, they’re probably celebrating something. Happy birthday, Church!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love!
There is a clearer picture and sound in this video of Pentecost last year, but, alas, no white dove descending!
The ‘gift of tongues’ a-wagging at ground level, however, seemed rampant again in 2013!