The festival of Pentecost has its roots in the Old Testament. Our Christian celebration of Pentecost is commemorated on the fiftieth day after the Resurrection of Christ. It was this event that revealed to the world the knowledge of the mystery of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial, undivided, and yet distinct.
The icon of Pentecost depicts the Apostles with serenity and composure. All of them are seated, some gesturing as if in subdued conversation with one another. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the inner life of grace. The Pentecost gives birth to the Church and is the inauguration of the Kingdom of God on Earth.
We see in this icon the great event of sanctification that took place in the apostolic community. At the same time, it is an expression of the sanctification of our lives in the Church by the Holy Spirit Who is constantly glorified: "Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life..."
The Orthodox Church continues to be the true Church of the New Testament. The Church of today is of the same essence and spirit with the Church described in the Book of Acts. The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles continues to be felt within the Mystical life of the Church through Holy Baptism, Holy Chrismation, Holy Ordination and the Holy Eucharist.
Having inherited the Church of the New Testament we have the responsibility to preserve the Orthodox Faith until the Second Coming of the Lord. It is the Lord Himself Who has built the Church and "the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." Our STEWARDSHIP to the Church is an awesome charge, but as stewards of the Faith we may be confident that the Holy Spirit will guide us in love and faith.
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