Roses at the Pantheon at Pentecost

The interior of the Pantheon in the 18th centu...Image via Wikipedia
At the Pantheon in Rome each year, Pentecost is celebrated with a mass. However, it’s what happens following the mass that is truly spectacular. A team of firemen scale the dome of the Pantheon and sit poised above its oculus (the “eye” or opening at the centre of the dome).

As the clergy leave the church, the firemen throw thousands of red rose petals through the oculus and these flutter to the floor, a symbol of the Holy Spirit descending to earth.

Those who attend the mass ooh and awe as the flower petals cover the centre of the building, then rush in madly to scoop them up, stuff them in pockets, or throw them into the air once again.

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