Skip to Navigation

The Great Feast of Pentecost

The spring of the Spirit hath come to those on earth, dividing noetically into fire-bearing rivers, moistening the Apostles and illuminating them. The fire hath become to them a dewy cloud, lighting, and raining flames upon them, from whom we received grace by the fire and the water. Verily the fire of the Comforter hath come and lighted the world.
+ Orthros of the Feast

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit - through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!
+Troparion of the Feast 

Read Fr. Ayman Kfouf's reflection (PDF) on the significance of the Pentecost icon.

Children will enjoy listening to Chrissi Hart read from an Ancient Faith Publishing children's book about the Feast.

One who has the Holy Spirit can never despair. And he can also never be satisfied with where he is. He presses forward in this beautiful and life-giving process of being re-created by the sending forth of the Spirit.

We have been inspired—a word that literally means "breathed into." The Spirit has been breathed into us. The Spirit has inspired us. The mighty rushing wind has blown the Spirit into us. And if we are filled with the Spirit, if we are inspired, that means the mission of the redemption of Jesus Christ is at work in us. Every part of us is being bought back from exile, set free from slavery.

To be filled with the Spirit is eminently practical, because it means that we are motivated by something different than what motivates the world. We are motivated by re-creation. We are being created anew by Christ. We are growing in love. We are growing in humility. We are growing in courage, in strength, in boldness for Christ. These are all things that are visible and knowable in ourselves and in others.

Pentecost for us is now. Right now, we are receiving the life-giving breath of God, the creative Spirit, sent forth to re-create us and to renew all of mankind and indeed the whole creation.

From "Pentecost is the Re-Creation of Mankind," by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick