Pentecost

Pentecost

Ioannis Foundoulis †   ‘We celebrate Pentecost and the visitation of the Spirit, the time appointed for the promise and the fulfillment of hope. How great is this mystery? It is both vast and most venerable. Therefore, we cry to you, Creator of all, Lord, glory to you’. The Church...

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Discourse on the Holy Spirit, that is, on Pentecost

Discourse on the Holy Spirit, that is, on Pentecost

Saint Gregory of Nyssa   David always gives the most joyful meaning to feasts, tuning his dulcet harp to the requirements of the festival. So let this same prophet delight us on the great feast of Pentecost, too, picking out the melody of wisdom on the strings, through the power...

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Excerpt from Homily 41, On Pentecost

Excerpt from Homily 41, On Pentecost

Saint Gregory the Theologian   And He was promised by the mouth of Joel first, who said, ‘And it shall be in the last days that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh (that is, upon all that believe), and upon your sons...

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“Let us celebrate the feast of Pentecost” – Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood

“Let us celebrate the feast of Pentecost” – Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood

Listen now  The late Elder Stefanos of the Daniïleï Brotherhood (Katounakia, the Holy Mountain) sings the wonderful hymn from Vespers on the Eve of Pentecost. This hymn encapsulates the ‘majestic and great mystery’, the advent of the Holy Spirit into the world. Tone 1 “Let us celebrate the feast of...

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How To Be Strong In Our Faith With The Holy Spirit

How To Be Strong In Our Faith With The Holy Spirit

Have you ever wondered how much water is in the Mississippi River? More than 5 million gallons! Or in the Amazon River? Almost 60 million gallons! That much water is more than we can ever imagine… we just know it’s a lot! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear how our...

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Midpentecost

Midpentecost

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   ‘I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely’. During Great Lent, to a certain degree, we taste of Christ’s death. In the middle of this period, the Church institutes the Veneration of the Precious Cross, to quicken...

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The Bloodless Sacrifice and a Little Pentecost

The Bloodless Sacrifice and a Little Pentecost

Indeed, under the Law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.  Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For...

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Reflections on Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Reflections on Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

The radiant earthly birthday of the Church, the Great Feast of Holy Pentecost, when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’s Apostles, 10 days following His Ascension to His Father in Heaven. It marks the fulfillment of Jesus’s promise to His disciples just before He ascended in...

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On the Light of the Holy Spirit

On the Light of the Holy Spirit

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Discourse XXXIII. On the Light of the Holy Spirit In the third ode of the canon at Mattins on the Monday of the Holy Spirit, the hymn has Christ saying ‘I shall send you the Spirit of me and of the Father’. We recognize...

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Pentecost…Then what?

Pentecost…Then what?

Eleftherios Balakos   “I shall be with you till the end of the world” (Matth. 28, 20). With these words, Christ bids farewell to His disciples at the Ascension, on the Mount of Olives. His last act is a departure and, at the same time, a pledge. This seems to...

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