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Pentecost Sunday

posted May 31, 2012, 9:46 AM by   [ updated May 31, 2012, 9:46 AM by Yulia Russiyanova ]
Dear Parents:

Some of you may not be aware that both Matushka Masya and I will not be returning next year to St. John's Academy. This, therefore, is my last letter to you as the school's chaplain. I want to thank you for providing me with the honor of working with you all these years. I hope that you will continue to remember me in your prayers, and if I have offended anyone during these years in any way, I sincerely ask you to forgive me.

This Sunday is a major church holiday, the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Our Savior left our world forty days after His Resurrection promising to send down into the world the Holy Spirit.This happened ten days later and can be seen as the birthday of Christ's Church on earth. The Holy Spirit's arrival empowered the apostles to begin their mission of going into the world to spread the Good News of the Gospel. Their mission continues even today because as Divine Revelation informs us, we too are apostles and are entrusted by our Savior to enlighten those who have not yet come to the faith. We, of course, should do this by being good Christians and attracting non-Orthodox people through the good example of how we conduct our lives. As Christ said to the apostles, "By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one to another.(John 13:35)

If we are indeed good Christians, we will without any excuses attend the church services for this most important holy day. We will attend the vigil Saturday evening at 6:00pm (where we will all sing "O Heavenly King") and one of the liturgies Sunday morning. Please note that in the cathedral the liturgies start earlier than usual. The early liturgy will start at 7:00 AM and the late liturgy at 9:00AM. The reason for the change is that a special vesper service follows the late liturgy in which are read the special kneeling prayers, the first time since Pascha that we are permitted to kneel in church.

I greet you in advance with the Pentecost and hope to see all of you who attend the cathedral during the services.

As always, we hope to see you all at my birthday/namesday celebration in October, and at Pascha.

With Love in Christ,
Archpriest Serge Kotar