Announcements for June 3-9, 2012

Come, O people, let us worship the one divinity in three persons: the Son in the Father, with the Holy Spirit. For the Father timelessly begot the Son, co-eternal and co-enthroned with Him; and the Holy Spirit was in the Father and is glorified with the Son. We worship one Power, one Essence, one Divinity, and we say: “Holy God, You created all things through Your Son with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit. Holy Mighty, through You we know the Father; through You the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the world. Holy Immortal, Comforting Spirit, You proceed from the Father and rest in the Son. O Holy Trinity, glory to You!” (from Vespers for the Feast)

Today: 8:30 am Matins & Baptism 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Chrismation; Prayers of Kneeling; Festal BBQ

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Saturday: 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Class; 6:00 pm Vespers

Sunday: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Brunch

The Feast of Pentecost / The Feast of Weeks (i.e., the closing festival for the 7 weeks of Passover — 7 x 7 =49 + 1 [the day of passover] = 50 days) was called Pentecosté (i.e., 50) in the Greek-speaking Jewish world (Ex. 34:22; Lev. 23:11; Deut. 16:10).  It was a harvest feast also connected with the giving of the Law (the Torah) on Mt. Sinai on the 50th day after the original Passover / Exodus events (Ex. 19:11).  Pentecost was a great homecoming feast for 1st century Jews from all parts of the world (note St. Paul’s desire to be in Jerusalem for the feast: Acts 2:5-11).  Fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ, the extraordinary events we commemorate today in the Upper Room took place.