Fr. Thomas Colyandro
Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
Pentecost (also called Trinity Sunday) comes 50 days after Pascha. It is one of the great feasts of the Church and commemorates the Holy Spirit descending upon the Apostles and the many other disciples of Jesus Christ. This event is recorded in the the Acts of the Apostles.
"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, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability" (Acts 2:1-4).
The hymns of the feast of Pentecost joyously stress again and again that this is the beginning of the messianic age of the Kingdom of God, which is mystically present in the Church. This feast also celebrates the full revelation that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the Most Holy Trinity, who are one in essence and undivided.
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An example of an icon of Pentecost.
An example of an icon of the Holy Trinity.