Sunday, May 28, 2017

Services of Pentecost

Fifty days after the Resurrection, the followers of Christ were gathered together to pray, when the Holy Spirit descended on them in tongues of fire, with the sound of a mighty rushing wind; and they began to speak in languages that they did not know. There were many visitors from the Jewish diaspora to Jerusalem at that time for the Jewish observance of the feast, and they were astonished to hear these untaught fisherman speaking praises to God in diverse languages.

The Orthodox Church celebrates Pentecost as the fulfillment of the mission of Jesus Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit. To celebrate the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, we decorate the church with all kinds of greenery. For the first time since Pascha, we sing and say the prayer to the Holy Spirit, "O Heavenly King," and we kneel for the beautiful Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost. The feast of Pentecost is not only a celebration of an event in history; it is also a celebration our membership in the Church, having received "the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit." 

Services for Pentecost:
Great Vespers: Saturday, June 3 @ 6 PM
We will green the church after Vespers! 
Bring any cut or potted greenery to decorate the church before Vespers, 
and stay to decorate afterward.

Divine Liturgy: Sunday, June 4 @ 10 AM
Kneeling Prayers for Pentecost will be included at the end of the Liturgy. 
Festal Potluck after the kneeling prayers!