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Pentecost icon

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===The Holy Spirit===
At the top of the icon is another semicircle, with rays coming from it. The rays are pointing toward the Apostles, and the “tongues "tongues of fire" are seen descending upon each one of them signifying the descent of the Holy Spirit.  ===Christ===At the center of the group of Apostles, there is a place which is unoccupied. It is reserved for Christ, the invisible head of the Church. Some ancient icons symbolize Christ's invisible presence with an altar, the throne of His glory. Clearly, no one else can be depicted here.  ===The Apostles===The Apostles sit orderly, unlike the [[Ascension icon]] where they seem confused. This is to show the gift of the Holy Spirit, the inner life of [[grace]]. The gift to the Church. The group of twelve represent the Church, not just those mentioned in the book of [[Acts of the Apostles|Acts]] as being with the others on the day of Pentecost. Pictured in the icon is [[Apostle Paul|Paul]], who became an Apostle of the Church and the greatest missionary. The four [[Evangelist]]s, [[Apostle Matthew|Matthew]], [[Apostle Mark|Mark]], [[Apostle Luke|Luke]], and [[Apostle John|John]], are shown holding the not yet written books of the Gospel. Other Apostles are holding scrolls that represent the teaching authority given to them by Christ.  ===Cosmos===In yet another semicircle, at the bottom of the icon, is a symbolic figure of a king. He is in a dark place that represents the world enveloped by sin. This one person represents the whole world that had formerly been without the light of faith. He is bent over to show he was made old by the [[sin]] of [[Adam]]. Through the power of the Holy Spirit the Church brings light to the whole world by her teaching. Sometimes, the figure is shown coming out, into the light, having a cloth containing scrolls which represent the teaching of the Apostles. ==Sources==*[ FEAST OF Holy Pentecost]  [[Category:About Icons]][[Category:Feasts]]