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January 2, 2011

The Top 8 Symbols Associated with the Holy Spirit

In many ways, the Holy Spirit is the most mysterious and least understood of the Holy Trinity.  It is invisible, a source of inspiration, and a means of growing close to Christ.  It dwells here on earth among mankind in order to carry on the mission of Christ.  However, the last person whom the Holy Spirit spoke directly through was John the Baptist.  What are some indications this invisible force is present today?


Here's a list of the top 8 symbols that have been frequently connected to the Holy Spirit. 
  1. The dove.  One of the most familiar images of the spirit is a dove.  There is a well-known bible passage/biblical event associated with this symbol found in Matthew 3:16, "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him."
  2. Water.  Water holds a lot of symbolic value, during Baptism where the Holy Spirit is present, we are reborn.
  3. Fire.  At Pentecost it revealed itself in this form, transforming the disciples that were present.
  4. Anointing Oil.  We are anointed with oil just as Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit's presence.  The oil serves as both a symbol and a reminder of the Holy Spirit.
  5. Cloud and Light. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit worked through clouds and light to reveal or obscure God's messages.
  6. The Seal.  The Holy Spirit prepares the heart and mind to be in perfect harmony with Jesus by placing a seal, which is a permanent mark on our souls.
  7. The Hand.  Where hands are laid in order to heal it is said to be the Holy Spirit that is the healing agent.
  8. The Finger.  Holy Spirit is sometimes depicted as the "finger of the Father's right hand."
References: The Everything Catholicm Book by Helen Keeler and Susan Grimbly

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