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Waiting for Pentecost: Guided Tour

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For the Pentecost celebrations, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Martyrs has organised exceptional visits to present and explain the incredible shower of red rose petals, its history, its meaning, its preparation. Visits will be conducted 12th May 13th May and 14th May at 2pm. 
Meeting point: 1.45pm at pilgrims welcome desk inside the Basilica
. For info and reservations contact the pilgrims welcome desk or send an email to [email protected]. But what is the meaning of Pentecost? Pentecost is from the Greek word ‘Pentekostos’, which means ‘fifty’ It’s the 50th day after the Sabbath of Passover week.

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.