detail of a stained glass window depicting the descent of the fire to the apostles at Pentecost; mid-19th century, possibly by Mayer of Munich, Germany; Cologne Cathedral, Bavaria, Germany; photographed on 1 May 2006 by Raimond Spekking; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


  • Greek: pentecostes, fiftieth

Also known as

  • Birthday of the Church
  • Pascha rosatum
  • Pascha rossa
  • Pfingsten
  • White Sunday
  • Whitsunday


Feast which commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, and takes its name from the fact that it comes nearly fifty days after Easter. It was a Jewish festival, and has been observed in the Christian Church since the days of the Apostles. It is often called Whitsunday (White Sunday) from the practice of giving solemn Baptism on that day in early centuries, the candidates being attired in white baptismal robes.

MLA Citation

  • “Pentecost“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 September 2018. Web. 16 June 2019. <>