Waiting for Pentecost: guided tour
In the New Testament, Pentecost was the occasion of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. Thus in the Christian liturgical year it became a feast commemorating this occasion. For this reason, Pentecost is described by some Christians as the "Birthday of the Church". The Pentecostal movement of Christianity derives its name from this New Testament event, as the movement emphasizes direct personal experience with God, akin to the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. In the ancient religious rite dating back to the Middle Ages, the rose represented the Holy Ghost and symbolized the blood shed by the crucifix for the redemption of men.