[Pictorial Lives of the Saints: Whit Sunday]Derivation

  • Greek: pentecostes, fiftieth

Also known as

  • 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.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Pentecost“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 February 2009. Web. 18 April 2015. <>