Pentecost Sunday: A Shower of Rose Petals

On Pentecost Sunday at St. John Cantius, a beautiful ancient custom takes place at the end of Mass. In Rome, from the early centuries, rose petals would be dropped through the the circular “oculus” at the Pantheon (now a minor basilica called “S. Maria ad martyres”). The petals would fall to the crowd below reminiscent of the coming of the Holy Spirit like tongues of flame.

This beautiful custom took place at the end of the Masses on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, at St. John Cantius Church. The Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (12:30pm) was celebrated by the Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., pastor of St. John Cantius Church.  Rose petals were dropped through the ciruclar opening of the transept of the church during the recessional hymn “Come Holy Ghost”. Some are surprised while others wait expectantly for the rose petals to fall.

After the Mass, this Pentecost Sunday, there was also the annual May Procession and Crowning in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima followed by Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. At Vespers the Paschal Candle was taken in procession from the Sanctuary to the Baptismal Font. There Canons Regular along with visitors and parishioners made a renewal of their baptismal promises.

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Pentecost Sunday


Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Pentecost Sunday

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