Pentecost and Martyrs


Red is the colour of fire and love and also blood to commemorate the martyrs. I wanted to give the impression of living fire, powerful and empowering.

portraitred03And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.    Acts 2: 2-4


The left and right hand panels form a brazier of thorns containing the glowing embers of the berries. The centre panel shows the Holy Spirit as a dove.

Pyracantha  also called  Firethorn, translates into French as Le Buisson Ardent  –  The Burning Bush.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem Aurora Leigh recalls Moses and the burning bush. Exodus 3  2-5.

Earth’s crammed with heaven,

And every common bush afire with God:

But only he who sees, takes off his shoes….


The sharp thorns recall the Passion and Crown of Thorns and also reference the martyrs.

Red is the colour for Pentecost.

© Sue Mason FLS, 2013

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