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The Feast of Pentecost (May 27) is the fulfillment of our Risen and Ascended Lord Jesus' promise to His apostles: "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49); "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Thus we read: "When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place...they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1, 4). The Apostle Peter preached the Gospel of Christ with great power and conviction, the people were cut to the heart asking how to be saved, and about three thousand persons were baptized having received that message, who then "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine, and in the communion, the breaking of bread, and in the prayers" (Acts 2:42).
Pentecost - literally, the "50th day" after Pascha - is the feast of harvest for the Gospel of Christ (see Leviticus 23:15f.), the manifestation of the Church which is the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and the guarantee of the promise of the Holy Spirit's operation within the family of God the Father. Thus Pentecost is also the commemoration of the Holy Trinity, the revelation of God as three co-equal yet distinct Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - who has made Himself accessible to us creatures by His energies and operations, especially by uniting His divine nature to our human nature in the Person of the Son of God, the God-man, Jesus Christ, through the working of the Holy Spirit. With the Feast of Pentecost we begin "ordinary time" in the Church, living in this new reality in communion with God the Holy Trinity.
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