Friday, June 16, 2006

Symbols Used To Represent The Holy Spirit

There are many symbols used to represent the Holy Spirit.

Water - Water is the symbol for Baptism.

Anointing - Anointing with oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit. They are like one of the same.

Fire - Fire represents the Holy Spirit's actions and energy. While water signifies birth and the fruitfulness of life given in the Holy Spirit, fire symbolizes the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit's actions.

Cloud and light - These combined pictures are seen as the Holy Spirit.

The seal is a symbol close to that of anointing - "The Father has set his seal" on Christ and also seals us in Him.

The hand - By using His hand Jesus blessed and healed children. Apostles imitate Him by doing the same in Jesus's name.

The finger - The Holy Spirit is like God's Finger.

The dove - When Christ comes up from the water of his baptism, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, comes down upon him and remains with him. The Spirit comes down and remains in the purified hearts of the baptized.

Wind – On the day of Pentecost the disciples and Our Blessed Mother were gathered in the upper room. Suddenly there was a sound from heaven, a rushing mighty wind and then tongues of fire descended on each one of them.

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