Red is for Pentecost

June 2, 2017
By Betsy Brown, Catechesis Coordinator

At our last day of Catechesis for this school year, we celebrated Pentecost. It may not be the actual feast of Pentecost, but we wanted to celebrate it anyway.

The children gathered around while we read Acts 2:1-4. “What do you hear?” we ask. “What do you think the disciples were thinking about?” and “What had Jesus promised?” We know the disciples were still afraid, and now, suddenly they were bold! How did that happen? The Holy Spirit came and a flame hovered over their heads, and they were emboldened to tell the Good News. How exciting that must have been! How can we get excited like they were? We want that too!

“Red is for Pentecost.” It’s part of a song that we sing every year when we’re learning the colors of the church calendar. So we have red votives and cards that have the fruits of the Spirit from Isaiah on them. These are the traits the disciples received: understanding, wisdom, piety, fear of the Lord, counsel, fortitude, and knowledge. Then we ask the children, “Which of these traits would you like to have in your life?” They pick one, and we light a small candle from the votive with the word on it that they have chosen. They hold that candle, and then place it in a container near the prayer table. It’s a solemn occasion. It’s a time of wonder. And there is so much light! It reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world!

From the age of three, children can learn about the promises that Jesus made to his disciples and to us. We want what Jesus offered! Understanding (to help us know more about God), wisdom (so that we may be wise in God’s goodness), piety (to love God and all God’s people), fear of the Lord (to know how great God is), counsel (to help us know what should be done and how to do it), fortitude (to be strong in our faith in God), and knowledge (to know God more and more each day). Which one of these do you want in your life? Pick one, write it on a piece of paper, and keep it close. God will give you the fruit of the Spirit that you desire. He desires to give you that and so much more!

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