Pentecost @ Holy Apostles’

This past Sunday marked the Great Feast of Holy Pentecost, the descent and outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the believers with them, as recounted in Acts 2.

Festal Icon of Pentecost, H.C. Schlieper

Festal Icon of Pentecost, H.C. Schlieper

The hymns for the Feast proclaim the presence of the Spirit as the fulfillment of all of the prophets’ hopes, and the promise of the Father:

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!

Father Matthew presided at the Matins Service and the Divine Liturgy, and Father Richard gave the sermon. As is the custom in the Orthodox Church, many of the faithful brought greenery to adorn the temple, a testimony to the new life that only the Holy Spirit can bring.

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