Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth
You are everywhere present and fill all things.
Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life,
Come and dwell within in us,
Cleanse us of all stain,
And save our souls O Gracious One.
“When the day of Pentecost came it found them¹ gathered in one place. Suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong wind which was heard through the house where they were seated. Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them.”
Acts 2: 1-4 NAB
PENTECOST a major Feast Day in Catholic and Orthodox churches.
The Liturgical color for Pentecost in Eastern Churches is always green. This is the only time in the entire liturgical calendar this color is used. Green represents life and the predominant emphasis and the Divine power of the Holy Spirit is as the Giver of Life. Life is granted to believers through the Sacraments. In Scripture, Jesus Christ speaks of “living water” and “real food” in reference to the the Sacraments that are necessary to gain life eternal in the Kingdom of God. The Sacraments of Initiation in the Byzantine Catholic Church are Baptism, Chrismation, and Holy Eucharist. Infants and adults being received into Eastern Churches receive all three Sacraments together. This was the traditional rite of Initiation in the early Church which Eastern Churches have retained. On Pentecost Sunday, the faithful sing a baptismal verse: “All you have been baptized into Christ, have been clothed in Christ.”
¹ According to Scripture, the following were present in the upper room in Jerusalem: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon, Jude (Judas) son of James; also some women and Mary the mother of God; and other relatives.