Monday, May 16, 2016

Pentecost Sunday 2016:{Pancakes, Cupcakes, Soccer and Lots of Red}

Pentecost Sunday was on Sunday, May 15th this year.  This is when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and it is the birthday of the Church! (Check out Acts 2: 1-11)  It's a big deal and a great reason to celebrate!  Pentecost also falls 50 days after Easter and marks the end of the Easter season and we now enter Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar.  

Last year we celebrated Pentecost Sunday for the first time with Pentecost pancakes for breakfast.  We continued the tradition this year.  I made homemade whipping cream (Yum!) and cut strawberries in slices to make "flames".  We did the same pancake celebration this year and since it is a birthday celebration, I made Pentecost cupcakes over the weekend with my little helper. 

I decorated the chocolate cupcakes (I use the Hershey's Cocoa powder recipe) with homemade cream cheese icing that I've used quite often and sprinkled with red sugar sprinkles.

Here's a picture of my little helper.

I made flames with yellow orange butterscotch and red cinnamon candies like the campfire cake I made for my son's 13th birthday party.   I found some Holy Spirit clip art for free on the computer so I printed them out, laminated and cut in a circle.  Then I taped each one to a toothpick to make as a cupcake topper.  I've used this easy and cheap decorating method for several of the cupcakes I have made for birthday parties.

We shared the cupcakes with friends and neighbors over the weekend and they were enjoyed by all!

On Pentecost Sunday my husband attended Mass out of town with our 11 year old daughter while traveling for a soccer tournament and I had a child not feeling 100% so my teen daughter (who attended Saturday's vigil Mass with friends) stayed home Sunday with her 2 sisters.  Here are a few of many photos my husband took at my daughter's tournament.  My daughter reminds me of a fighting Eagle defending her territory. :) They came in 1st and that's my daughter being lifted by her coach to reach the trophy!

So on Pentecost Sunday my son and I had our first Mass "date" and it was the first time we matched!  I had to take a picture of us! :)  My almost 3 year old enjoyed playing peek-a-boo for the camera! :)
Red is the liturgical color for Pentecost  as it represents fire and the altar on Pentecost Sunday is decorated with red linens and banners and the priest wears red vestments.   It is also a tradition for people to wear red on Pentecost Sunday. 

In the evening, we read the few pages from Tomie DePaola's Book of Bible Stories that discussed Pentecost.

I thought this graphic was interesting and enlightening that I thought was worth sharing here. I found this graphic on Facebook that shows how the Old Testament (from the Book of 2 Chronicles) parallels the New Testament scripture about Pentecost (in the Book of Acts).

If you are like me, there is soooo much about the Holy Spirit that I am still learning and it will always be a lifetime journey to remember to invoke and completely rely on this third Person of the Blessed Trinity.  For these reasons, I enjoyed reading 5 Things Every Christian Needs to Know About the Holy Spirit.  Maybe you will enjoy it too!

This week our oldest turns 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I can't believe it either! :) Blog post coming soon!

Have a blessed week!


Looks like a great celebration! Thanks for sharing!

Billie Jo said...

So wonderful!!!!!
You always inspire me.
Then you for sharing all your ideas.
Your family is beautiful...
Have a cozy evening!

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