The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek term “pent?kost?” which means “fiftieth.” Pentecost finds its roots in the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which takes place 50 days after Passover and celebrates the giving of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. Pentecost is a significant Christian holiday commemorating the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the apostles of Jesus Christ, marking the birth of the Christian Church.
The use of the color red in the church during Pentecost is commonly attributed to its association with the flames of the Holy Spirit, which descended upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ as tongues of fire. Red, as the color of fire and blood, is a natural choice to represent this element. The imagery of flames and fire is often associated with the Holy Spirit in Christian iconography, and red serves as a powerful visual reminder of the transformative power of faith.
Red is the traditional color for Pentecost vestments, and among my favorite “red” options are fabrics like the St. Margaret Brocade, showcasing a bold pattern with a Tudor Rose and Crown. This liturgical brocade is available in solid red and two-toned variations, including the fiery red/gold option in the Fairford Brocade. Another excellent choice is the Red Lichfield Brocade, offering a rich hue perfect for Pentecost. Additionally, there’s the Luther Rose Brocade, Ely Crown, Silk Dupioni, and more in vibrant red tones.
Installing a pastor in a new congregation is a special event, and many fellow pastors make a point of attending installation services to provide support, encourage, and pray for the newly called pastor. The service is rich and meaningful, with each pastor in attendance selecting and reading a scriptural text over the new pastor.
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To easily buy the Red Dupioni Silk for the stole base, opt for pre-cut “stole quarters” tailored for a 4″³ pastoral stole or wider/longer lengths for V-back and other styles. A pastoral “stole quarter” is around 14”³ wide by 60”³ long. Similar to quilters buying “fat quarters” for minimal waste, this is a smart approach. Instead of a 60”³ length of 45”³ or 54”³ wide fabric, you purchase just enough for one stole. costs under $20.
At O’Fallon Monastery, the Sisters created a special vestment collection, including this chasuble with a traditional Dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The design blends hand and machine embroidery, using silk and gold threads for a beautiful finish.
This stole is intended for use during an installation. The components consist of an applique of a Sword and a Bible. The machine embroidered applique and the lower orphrey were placed on a silk dupioni stole using a red and gold galloon trim to finish off the raw edges. While the red of the applique is a slightly darker color than the red of the stole, the gold trim bridges the color gap, and the colors blend together nicely, creating a subtle gradation.
Pentecost Stoles. The first design features crossed keys symbolizing the Office of the Keys. The red silk dupioni, design with gold and bronze metallic threads, blends beautifully with red and gold brocatelle fabric and metallic galloon trim. The upper chest will showcase a descending dove with flames. and the final design will include a Bible and Sword of the Spirit, connecting to the Holy Spirit. These red Pentecost Stoles offer a reasonable budget.
Red is the traditional color for use during the celebration of Pentecost, which comes fifty days after Easter, and 10 days after the Ascension of Christ.