Monday, July 15, 2024 UTC

MAY 19 & 20: PENTECOST SUNDAY: DIVINE LITURGY, PANACHIDA FOR 5TH ALL SOULS SATURDAY, AND KNEELING VESPERS; AND PENTECOST MONDAY (SIMPLE HOLY DAY)

  MAY 19: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED OUTSIDE – WEATHER PERMITTING), PANACHIDA FOR 5TH ALL SOULS SATURDAY – 10:10 AM; KNEELING VESPERS – 12:00 PM; MAY 20: MOLEBEN TO THE THEOTOKOS – 5:30 PM, DIVINE LITURGY FOR PENTECOST MONDAY (SIMPLE HOLY DAY) – 6:00 PM.

PLEASE SEE FATHER VASYL’S HOMILY FOR PENTECOST SUNDAY IN THE WEEKLY BULLETIN above under the Weekly Bulletin Tab.

Homily from Rev. Basilius Magnus: THE FLAME OF THE PENTECOST

SUNDAY PROPERS: Pentecost_DL

Moleben (Prayer Service) Invoking the Help of the Holy Spirit: Moleben_Holy_Spirit

PENTECOST AFTERNOON (KNEELING) VESPERS PROPERS: Pentecost_afternoon_Vespers

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/directory

God With Us On-Line Prayer and Study Guide – The Sunday of Pentecost (from May 23, 2021): https://godwithusonline.org/reflections/the-sunday-of-pentecost-ruthenian/

Byzantine Catholics and the Feast Of Pentecost: “Your good Spirit shall lead me into the land of righteousness. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!” (from the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/byzantine-catholics-and-the-feast-of-pentecost-your-good-spirit-shall-lead-me-into-the-land-of-righteousness-alleluia-alleluia-alleluia/

An Explantation of the Byzantine Rite Liturgical Practice of Observing All Souls Saturdays (from the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/an-explantation-of-the-byzantine-rite-liturgical-practive-of-observing-all-souls-saturdays/

The Gospel Reading for Sunday is John 7:37-52 & 8:12, The Promise of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel reading for Pentecost includes: “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” and “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” We must learn to thirst for the Holy Spirit and for light.  How do we learn to thirst? We must search for knowledge about our weaknesses, and with faith learn to walk in the “light.” This does not just happen as we go through life. In order to have the Holy Spirit dwell in us, we must live according to the truth.

From Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, Cardiff Website: https://stnikolaos.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Feast-of-Holy-Pentecost-Fifty-Days-After-Pascha.jpg

Feast of Pentecost occurs 50 days after Pascha and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles of Christ after His Resurrection. Traditionally, in the Byzantine Rite, green is the color associated with Pentecost.  Green emphasises the Holy Spirit bringing new life to all.  Churches and homes may decorate with green boughs and branches to advocate the life-giving Spirit. In the Slav tradition, Pentecost is often called Rusalija.  Also, a special Vespers is celebrated, called the Kneeling Prayer. This Vespers service has an additional three sets of long poetical prayers, composed by Saint Basil the Great, during which everyone makes a full prostration. Eastern Christians do not kneel for prayers from Pascha until Pentecost, so this Vespers service is the first time we kneel! (Of course we don’t on Sundays throughout the year also.)

Pentecost Monday (May 20) is also known as “Feast of the Holy Trinity,” and is the first day of the after feast of Pentecost, being dedicated specifically to the honor of God the Holy Spirit and to His descent on the holy apostles on Pentecost. The third day, Tuesday, is called the “Third Day of the Trinity. The After-feast of Pentecost lasts for one week and is festive, during which fasting is not permitted. Then we return to “ordinary time” of the Church year.

The final day for the Feast of Pentecost is Saturday, May 25th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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