“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them” (Acts 2:1-3).

Pentecost Icon, Kirillo-Belozersk Monastery (c.1497)

Three interesting things to note in this icon:

  1. The Apostle Paul is present (bearded with pink garments), though he was not present on that particular Pentecost Day.
  2. Twelve rays descend from the blue semi-circle (mandorlas) at the top of the icon, which represents the Descent of the Holy Spirit.
  3. What do you make of the empty seat between St. Paul and St. Peter? Who should be seated there, but is not?