Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Original Pentecost

The Great Feast of the Pentecost

Also known as Trinity Day, Descent of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit's Day.


Troparion (Tone 8)
Blessed art You O Christ Our God You have revealed the fishermen as most wise By sending down upon them the Holy Spirit Through them You drew the world into Your net O Lover of Man, Glory to You!
Kontakion (Tone 8)
When the most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations; But when he distributed the tongues of fire He called all to unity. Therefore, with one voice, we glorify the All-holy Spirit!


The Orthodox Church sees Pentecost as the final fulfillment of the mission of Jesus Christ and the first beginning of the Messianic Age of the Kingdom of God, mystically present in His Church. It is traditionally called the beginning of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Besides celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, the feast also celebrates the full revelation of the divine Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Hymns of the Church, celebrate the sign of the final act of God's self-disclosure to the world of His creation. To Orthodox Christians, the feast of Pentecost is not just a celebration of an event in history. It is also a celebration their belonging in the Church. They have lived Pentecost and received "the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit" in the sacrament of chrismation.

Doxasticon for the Pentecost

When Thou didst send Thy Spirit, O Lord, the Apostles, being seated, the sons of the Hebrews took note, and were astonished; for they heard them speak in strange tongues, according as the Spirit bestowed on them; for they were illiterate. 
They taught wisdom, driving the Gentiles into the Faith, as they preached of things divine. 
Wherefore, we cry to Thee, O Thou Who wast revealed on earth and didst save us from error, glory to Thee, O Lord.