Tag: Holy Spirit

The Feast of Pentecost
Christian Practice

The Feast of Pentecost

The major feast of Pentecost—in Greek, Πεντηκοστή which literally means the “fiftieth day”—commemorates the day on which the Holy Spirit, as a mighty wind, descended upon the disciples (cf. Acts 2), as Christ had promised during his earthly life (cf. Jn 14:26; 15:26), resting upon them in the form of tongues of fire (cf. Acts 2:3).  In…

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Bishops and Pentecost
Ecclesiology, Theology

Bishops and Pentecost

by Very Rev. Dr. John A. Jillions Bishops are regularly in the news for exercising their authority and then either coming under fire or being praised for doing so. Over the last couple months we’ve seen volcanic reactions for and against Archbishop Elpidophoros presiding at the baptism of a gay couple’s children in Greece. When…

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The Gospel of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Liturgical Life, Theology

The Gospel of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

by V. K. McCarty | български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind. . .”* The Pentecost feast-day reading from Acts (2:1-21) is absolutely…

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