Holy Spirit Symbols
The Holy Spirit is the third person in one God. He gives strength and grace to those who need help and inspiration. The Holy Spirit is also called upon during Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation to descend upon the recipients, giving them the grace of God. There have been many symbols created through the centuries to depict the Holy Spirit:
- † Water - This symbol has been seen in Baptisms since the time of Jesus. As it says in 1 Corintians12:13 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
- † Anointing with Oil - Anointing also symbolizes the Holy Spirit. Anointing takes place during the Baptism and Confirmation sacraments.
- † Tongues of Fire - Fire symbolizes the energy that the Holy Spirit bestows upon those who need strength.
- † Light and Clouds - The Holy Spirit is often depicted descending in rays of bright light or clouds hovering over people, speaking to them.
Giving Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- † The Dove - This is a very common symbol of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist, a dove descends upon Jesus. This symbol is often used in the creation of Holy Spirit jewelry.
- † Wind - The Holy Spirit often comes in a rush of wind in many Bible passages.
Many Christians give gifts depicting the symbols of the Holy Spirit for friends and family to encourage them in the faith and give them the strength they need to go out into the world, living a life in the way of Christ. The Holy Spirit gift is usually a Holy Spirit gold medal, Holy Spirit pendant, the Holy Spirit Dove necklace, or other Holy Spirit jewelry.
|deal times to give Holy Spirit medals are when receiving the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The relevant Holy Spirit symbols give a lasting remembrance of the day when the Holy Spirit filled the heart of those entering life with Christ.
Holy Spirit Pendant