A Shower of Roses

In Rome on Pentecost, in the Pantheon (i.e. the minor basilica called S. Maria ad martyres) there is a beautiful and ancient custom of dropping rose petals through the circular oculus opening at the top of the dome. The petals fall to the crowds below, reminiscent of the coming of the Holy Spirit like tongues of flame. Now this Roman tradition has come home to St. John Cantius…