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“I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you” – learning to read the heart and discriminate between the old and new ways.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The church decorated with living plants for Pentecost, 2012

The church decorated with living plants for Pentecost, 2012

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Synopsis: The readings for Divine Liturgy on Pentecost give the story of Pentecost and our Lord #39;s prophesy of it. The "take home" for Pentecost is from one of the Vespers readings: "I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26) We can know a lot about Pentecost, but if we do not learn how to discern the old ways, which the heart falls into frequently, from the new ways, we will have learned nothing useful for our salvation. We look into how to learn to discern what is in our hearts, whether it be according to the old, or according to the new. The Holy Spirit will not continue to abide in a heart that does not seek after the new ways. We contrast new and old ways and discuss how to develop the skill to discern between them. This is a critically important subject. This homily is a bit longer than normal, but it is important, and it is difficult to discuss important things, and important skills in 12-15 minutes.

More homilies on the Sunday of Pentecost are HERE

Ezekiel 36:24-28 24 For I will take you from among the Gentiles, and will gather you together out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit in the midst of you: and I will cause you to walk in my commandments, and to keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And you shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.


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Pentecost If any man thirst… Three important things John 7:37-52,8:12. Text/Audio Homily

Thursday, June 16th, 2011


Pentecost
If any man thirst…
Three important things
John 7:37-52,8:12

2008

 

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Brothers and sisters, there are three very important things that are said in the gospel today. They’re right in a row. One is basically a question. The other is a command or actually, a suggestion, and the other is the result.

We are celebrating today Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, the apostles and all the rest of the believers up to and including us – the Holy Spirit Who enlightens us, Who shows us the way of life, Who speaks to us in groanings that cannot be uttered[1]. He tells us the things of God, the things of Christ; He enlightens us.

 

But none of this, none of this will happen unless first we consider this very, very important question. And we must answer.

When you answer a question, a Christian question, it’s not something that you say once. It’s something that you answer again and again and again. An example is when the Lord said, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” And he said, “Yea, Lord, I love thee.[2]” And he was asked three times in a row.

 

We are asked that question every day. Do we love the Lord or do we love the world? So we can’t answer that question just one time. It has to be answered over and over again.

And here is another question very similar to the question that is posed to us on the Sunday of the Cross: “If any man thirst, if any man will,” it says on the Sunday of the Cross, “let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me.[3]” Here it says, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink.”

 

There’s a parallel here. How do you come unto Christ and drink? You deny yourself; you take up your cross and you follow Him.

 

“If any man thirst” – It’s a question that needs to be answered every day. Do you thirst?

Now, thirst, biologically, is just when you feel the need for water, and if you are extremely active, you need to be drinking water even when you don’t think you need it. In the Christian life we should be cultivating our thirst, constantly thinking.

 

How do you cultivate your thirst? I think the easiest way is to compare this life to the next, comparing the person you are with the person you should be. Compare the promises of God with the way of the world. And if that doesn’t make you thirst, then you have a severe problem like unto being that ground that is hard packed, so that the seed cannot grow.

I’ll be honest with you, a priest really is preaching to the people that at least have some thirst. If a person has no thirst whatsoever, the Holy Spirit will not fill them; the Holy Spirit will not live in them, no matter how Orthodox they are. No matter if their father and mother were Orthodox, it’s been in their family, no matter if they serve in the church, no matter if they are clergy. If a person does not thirst for God, then the Holy Spirit will not fill him.

So the first and foremost thing that is necessary for our salvation is for us to thirst, for us to desire.

 

Of course, perhaps I am a little ahead of myself. God revealed Himself to us. Otherwise, we would know nothing of Him. So the first and foremost thing of salvation is God loving us and creating us.

But we were created, and we often look to worldly and earthly things instead of spiritual things because they are more immediately tasty to us. They are more immediately pleasurable to us. They are easier to obtain, and the things of God are hidden. So it takes effort to cultivate a thirst.

 
So on this day of Pentecost, I’m asking you: Do you thirst?

Now, the apostles were gathered together on the day of Pentecost and the tongues of flame came and stood over each one of their heads and they prophesied and they spoke in other languages. Why did this happen? It was because they were gathered together; they were thirsting. In the fifty days since the Lord had risen they were together every day in prayer and in fasting, not understanding really about the future. The Lord had spoken to them about this future, but they did not understand, but they stayed in one place so that on the day of the Holy Spirit they were all enlightened. If any one among their company had left, then on that day they were not enlightened.

So the first thing that you must do is thirst. And then the next thing[4] with thirst, find something to slake your thirst. And the only thing that will satisfy us is Jesus Christ. So we must come unto Him and drink.

Does this make you remember the woman at the well? He said to the woman at the well, “If you ask of me, I’ll give you living water.”[5] This living water is the Holy Spirit. “He that believeth on me,” says the Lord, “out of his belly shall flow forth rivers of living water.”[6]

This metaphor is really wonderful. The belly is also a figure of speech for the heart; it is interesting that the belly is sometimes taken as the heart in Scriptures. The belly is the place where we fulfill our desires; it is a metaphor for all desire. And the Lord will sanctify all of us. If our belly is sanctified, then certainly the rest of us will be as well.

Now, sometimes people indicate to me that they have trouble believing. It’s really difficult. There’s a lot of, I told you before, dissonance in the world. We want to be something and we’re not. We try to be good, and yet there are these thoughts that assail us. We try to find Christ, and sometimes He does not seem so near. So there’s this tug of war that’s going on all the time. It’s a lot easier to believe the things in the world because we see them and we feel them and we experience them rather than the things of God. And anyone who says that they never have any such feelings, I tell you, that person is not telling you the truth.

How do we experience Christ? First by knowing we need Him. Thirsting. Second, by coming to Him. And the gospel of the Cross is “Deny yourself, take up your Cross and follow Me.” So we are talking work, and not anything that’s really, really easy. We are talking if you have something that you really need and you know that the only way to get it is by obtaining something, you’re willing to work for that.

And then what happens? “Out of his belly shall flow forth rivers of living water.”[7] I tell you, if out of your belly was flowing forth cool, refreshing, life-giving water, wouldn’t you know it? Would any man need to tell you any proofs of Christ? Would you need to have any dogmatic definitions? No. Because God would be within you. You would feel Him moving. There would be no doubt. This is what we are attempting to obtain, and it is obtainable, and we do believe this because the saints obtained it.

If you are having doubts, then recognize that this is a sign of your own fallenness and weakness, and renew your thirst. Whatever you can do to come to the Lord, do it, and drink of His living water, and you will eventually feel out of your belly this living water. There will be no doubt. There won’t be any room for any doubt because the Holy Spirit fulfills all things.

Now, recently I have been saying to you a little statement in some of the writings, some very important things that we have been writing about on the mailing list and on the blog, and that is:

 

Do what you can do so that eventually you can do what you cannot do.

 

And this Scripture is basically teaching that same thing.

First of all, you must be thirsty. You must know that you have a need. You have to know that you need God. And I tell you, unfortunately there are people that don’t know this need. Sometimes we don’t know this need either. But if we know this need, then let us come to Christ. And you come to Him by being completely pure, never thinking evil thinking thoughts, never cursing, never having any unclean thoughts, never being jealous, never lying, never being unpleasant, and never being irritable. If you can do this, then that is good, but most people cannot. None of us can do this, not consistently, not every single moment. But we can do some of it; and the things we can do, we must do.

If you can be kind to your neighbors, be kind even if they are not kind to you.

If you can refrain from judging someone or at least refrain from judging with your lips, then do this.

If you can fast, then fast.

If you can come to the services frequently, then do this.

There are many, many other things.

 

We could speak of hundreds of things that, if you can do them, I tell you, you must do them.

Now, I am convinced as a pastor that there are things, sometimes simple things in the Christian life that we, for various reasons, really are not capable of doing. We say we are lazy and we don’t want to be lazy, but we really don’t know how not to be lazy. And it seems like every day we end up being lazy. We don’t want to be angry, and yet we get angry. We don’t want to have lustful thoughts or hurtful thoughts or remember wrongs, and yet usually at very usually inconvenient times these thoughts come to us.

 

Sometimes things that you and I consider simple, other people consider difficult, like fasting, for instance, or saying our prayers in our morning or continence or any other things. But what you can do, you must do because the Lord says, “Come unto Me and drink, and out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” And this is the part that you cannot do, but you will be able to do. No man will be saved without great effort.

If you want to show the Lord that you thirst, then evaluate what you can do.

 

Now, can you fast? All right.

Can you pray?

Can you come to church regularly?

Can you commune?

Can you confess?

Can you tithe?

Can you be kind?

Then do these things.

 

If these are things that you are capable of doing and you are not doing them, then woe unto you because how can the Spirit come in, because if you are not doing things that you can do, you certainly won’t be able to do anything that you’re not capable of, and you never will.

So that is what that little aphorism that I made up means. It is important, and the Scripture teaches it all the time. I mean, I didn’t make it up out of the air. It’s right in the Scriptures.

So if you thirst, follow Christ to the extent of your abilities. Perhaps those abilities are not very good right now. But they will become better if you follow according to the extent of your abilities now. And then you will become better able to do good things later on. And there is no substitute for purity and goodness. Purity and goodness make us know Christ in the way that no one can gainsay, no one can fool us, and no doubts can creep in.

 

To the pure all things are pure. And since God is pure, if we are pure, we know God without a shadow of a doubt. So this pure water that is flowing out of the belly is purifying and maintains our purity, but we must struggle for that purity to the extent we have the ability to do so now.

So here is the key to the Christian life. Thirst for God. Thirst for goodness. Thirst for peace. Recognize that you are lacking something, something very precious that you need. Desire that thing. And then, to the best of your abilities, come to Christ and drink of His water which He offers. Take up your cross, deny yourself, struggle.

There is no doubt that the Christian life has struggling, but you can either struggle in Christ or struggle outside of Christ. The whole world is struggling,  so you must pick which one you want to do, which struggle you want to have.

“If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He that believeth on Me,” as the Scripture has said, “out of his belly shall flow forth rivers of living water.” And we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming today to make this a possibility for us to have the rivers of living water in our life but only if we thirst and if this thirst drives us to come after Christ and to follow him. Amen.

 

 

Priest Seraphim Holland 2008    

Transcribed by the hand of Helen. Edited by the author.

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[1] Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

[2] John 21:15 KJV  “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.” – and the following verses. This is the 11th matinal gospel – a piece of scripture so important that the church reads it at least 5 times a year.

[3] Matthew 16:24 KJV  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

[4] Number 2 of 3, mentioned at the beginning of the homily.

[5] This story is so important that it is read on the 5th Sunday after Pascha, because it describes how we must react to God if we are to become enlightened. Homilies on the Sunday of the Samaritan woman are here: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/index.html#The_Samaritan_Woman

[6] John 7:37 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” – read during Pentecost Liturgy.

[7] Number 3 of 3, the result.

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Exegesis of the Parables at Vespers for Pentecost Numbers 11:16-17, 24-29 ; Joel 2:23-32 ; Ezekiel 36:24-28

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Coptic Ikon of Pentecost.

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Synopsis: The "Parables" for an important commemoration are read on the eve of the feast, and are usually from the OT, and they always elucidate the meaning of the feast in some way. We look at the 3 OT readings for Pentecost Vespers, which, among other things, describe the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the calling of the Gentiles, the promise of the sending of the Holy Spirit to all Christians, and a superb description of the human condition and how the Holy Spirit helps heal it. This last point may be the most important one, because of we do not recognize our need, we will not do everything in our power to have the Holy Spirit abide in us.

More homilies on Pentecost are HERE

Numbers 11:16-17, 24-29 16 And the Lord said to Moses: Gather unto me seventy men of the ancients of Israel, whom thou knowest to be ancients and masters of the people: and thou shalt bring them to the door of the tabernacle of the covenant, and shalt make them stand there with thee, 17 That I may come down and speak with thee: and I will take of thy spirit, and will give to them, that they may bear with thee the burden of the people, and thou mayest not be burthened alone. 24 Moses therefore came, and told the people the words of the Lord, and assembled seventy men of the ancients of Israel, and made them to stand about the tabernacle. 25 And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spoke to him, taking away of the spirit that was in Moses, and giving to the seventy men. And when the spirit had rested on them they prophesied, nor did they cease afterwards. 26 Now there remained in the camp two of the men, of whom one was called Eldad, and the other Medad, upon whom the spirit rested; for they also had been enrolled, but were not gone forth to the tabernacle. 27 And when they prophesied in the camp, there ran a young man, and told Moses, saying: Eldad and Medad prophesy in the camp. 28 Forthwith Josue the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, and chosen out of many, said: My lord Moses forbid them. 29 But he said: Why hast thou emulation for me? O that all the people might prophesy, and that the Lord would give them his spirit!

Joel 2:23-32 23 And you, O children of Sion, rejoice, and be joyful in the Lord your God: because he hath given you a teacher of justice, and he will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you as in the beginning. 24 And the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the ears which the locust, and the bruchus, and the mildew, and the palmerworm have eaten; my great host which I sent upon you. 26 And you shall eat in plenty, and shall be filled: and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, who hath done wonders with you, and my people shall not be confounded for ever. 27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides: and my people shall not be confounded for ever. 28 And it shall come to pass after this, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Moreover upon my servants and handmaids in those days I will pour forth my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in heaven; and in earth, blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood: before the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that every one that shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved: for in mount Sion, and in Jerusalem shall be salvation, as the Lord hath said, and in the residue whom the Lord shall call.

Ezekiel 36:24-28 24 For I will take you from among the Gentiles, and will gather you together out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit in the midst of you: and I will cause you to walk in my commandments, and to keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And you shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God


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O heavenly King, The Pentecost troparion, our decorated church, an angelic child and a Pentecost homily – all videos from Pentecost 2011.

Monday, June 13th, 2011

A few things sent by our resident video specialist,. Natalia Hawthorne.

If you are traveling right now, I thought you might want to see how Pentecost went at St. Nicholas in McKinney. :-)


 


Fr. Seraphim's sermon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq_tnWSG1L

 


 

 

 

 

O Heavenly King (that's Fr. Seraphim banging the door, BTW ;-))  [oops! p.s.]

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9BcKv01t98

 The added benefit of watching this video is seeing how our church was decorated, through the hard work of several, but especially, our resident florist, Deborah.

Also, quite importantly, you get to see (currently) the most beautiful grandchild in the universe.


 

Pentecost Troparion in English and Slavonic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxXTF2lolqc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ministry of the Holy Spirit. Exegesis of O Heavenly King. Pentecost 2011

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Icon of Pentecost.

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Synopsis: The giving of the Holy Spirit is the last big piece of our salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate, taking on and changing our nature, teaching by word and example, and was crucified, buried and rose from the dead, enabling our flesh to defeat death. Then after 40 days He ascended, showing us that our human flesh could be with God in eternity. Then according to the promise, the Holy Spirit was given, without which our salvation would ot be possible. We look at the ministry of the Holy Sprit by explaining "O Heavenly King", and the various names and symbols for the Holy Sprit. The "take home" message is that in order to have the Holy Spirit abide in us, since He is the Spirit of Truth, we must live according to the truth. This entails much more that only not telling a lie!

More homilies on Pentecost are HERE

O Heavenly King, O Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life, come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.


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When He the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. Thoughts on Pentecost, Truth, Campus Crusade for Christ, and Monasticism

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Pentecost Icon, with King Cosmos

On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, Who "will guide you into all truth". (John 16:13) The following is a meditation on that bible verse, which is the most important piece of Scripture I have ever read, because it cause me to search for and find the church. I describe the road through "Campus Crusade for Christ", which started me on the trip, and stayed behind while I pursued the whole truth and not a partial truth, and morphs into a discussion of Monasticism and morality. All these things fit together on Pentecost!

Read it here:

What is "all truth" How do we find it? Campus Crusade for Christ.  Dogma is moral. Monasticism.

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2009/06/02/what-is-all-truth-how-do-we-find-it-campus-crusade-for-christ-dogma-is-moral-monasticism/

Who is "King Cosmos"? He is the person at the bottom of the Icon of Pentecost. Read about him here:

Pentecost Icon Explanation. King Cosmos

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2009/06/08/pentecost-icon-explanation-king-cosmos-day-of-the-holy-spirit/

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Entreat God to grant you the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the Vespers of Holy Pentecost, with the wonderful "prayers on bended knee". The following excerpt from Reflections of a Humble Heart  (pp. 93-4) is an excellent preparation for this service.

(This small book is worth reading. Get it here.)

"Therefore, on the day of the Feast of Holy Pentecost, when, brother, reverently and on bended knee, you listen to the prayers uttered by the priest speaking for an on behalf of his flock, be sure what it is you are praying for. On this day the Holy Spirit is clearly pleasant in the Church and He hears your prayers! For this reason, brother, concentrate, consider beforehand and reflect on just what it is you are going to ask God. Possibly you have many sorrows and troubles weighing upon your heart, and you want to ask God to resolve these difficulties and to help you. Pray for this. But, what is of infinitely greater importance and priority, you should entreat God to grant you the grace of the Holy Spirit and to fill your soul to overflowing, to exhaustion. In other words, you must ask that He receive you, while still in this life, into the Kingdom of Heaven, that He grant you the pledge and beginning of future, eternal delight. I will even add that this alone should be your entreaty on that day. But the flesh is weak, and according to your weakness ask God, if you wish, concerning your earthly affairs as well. God will hearken to you, as it is written: The Lord will hear thee in the day of affliction (Ps 19:2). But do not forget, on no account must you forget that the most important of your requests must be to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. Know, brother, that if you receive this gift, you will have no need of anything else, nor will you desire anything more, because the Holy Spirit is a Treasury filled with good things beyond measure."

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Electronic Newsletter May 29 / June 12 Holy Pentecost

Friday, June 10th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

May 29 / June 12

Holy Pentecost

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,

Who hast shown forth the fisherman as supremely wise

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,

and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.

O Lover of Mankind, glory to Thee!


Announcements

On Sunday, July 17th, we will be holding a fund-raising event to fund the construction of our covered porch, which we hope will provide a much-needed expansion to our dining space. Igumen Gregory from St. Arsenius Hermitage in Decator will present a talk about "Prayer and its Practice." The talk will take place across the street at the Bingham House. Parishioners are encouraged to attend; tickets may be purchased at www.orthodox.net.

Parishioners are also asked, if possible, to help provide the complementary refreshments during the talk. Emails have been sent out to the St. Julianna Sisterhood list with suggested menu items that need to be provided. If you have any questions, contact Elaine King. .


 

 

This Saturday, June 11th, we have a Church open house in celebration of one year in our new location. This event will begin after the Requiem Liturgy and continue throughout the afternoon. Please try to attend and help greet visitors.

 

 


 

If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.
 

 


 

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • The suffering people of East Japan.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
 


 

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday 6/11

  • 8AM Requiem Matins
  • 9:30AM Requiem Diving Liturgy
  • 11:00AM Church Open House (1 year anniversary of occupancy of our new temple)
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil for Pentecost

Sunday 6/12 Pentecost

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM (after Trapeza) Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Monday 6/13

  • 7:30PM Moleben

Wednesday 6/15

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 6/16

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 6/18

  • 3PM Parish Council Meeting
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 6/12 Sunday of All Saints

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School

Fasting in the Coming week

  • There is NO FASTING during Pentecost Week

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Pentecost Icon Explanation. King Cosmos Day of the Holy Spirit Monday, May 26/Jun 8 2009

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Icon of Pentecost by Theophanes

 

 

The icon of Pentecost teaches us much more than the fact that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles in tongues of fire. 

 

Archpriest David Moser[1] explains:

 

“This icon not only visually tells the story of the descent of the Holy Spirit in tongues of flame upon the apostles, but it also teaches us the greater meaning of this event in God’s provision for the salvation of the world. See how the circle of the Apostles is not closed but is open both at the top toward heaven – from which they receive the Holy Spirit – and also at the bottom where we see a crowned figure holding a cloth filled with many blank scrolls.[2]

 

Priest Josiah[3] explains this crowned figure:

 

“The salvation of the world as rooted in Pentecost is shown on the Pentecost icon by the "King" at the bottom of the icon beneath the apostles.  This King is not a historical one.  He is "King Cosmos[4]"- He is the world, which the anointed disciples are about to harvest. “

 

Fr David further explains the meaning of the scrolls “King Cosmos” holds:

 

“In this we see that the Holy Spirit descended first upon the Apostles for they had been prepared by our Lord Jesus Christ to receive this divine indwelling. But the outpouring of the Holy Spirit does not stop there for the crowned man at the bottom and in the center of the Apostles represents all the kingdoms and nations of the earth. Having received the Holy Spirit, the Apostles began to speak and preach the Gospel in a multitude of tongues which were the languages of the nations of the earth. Shortly after this the Apostles divided up the whole of the known world between themselves and began to preach the Gospel to all nations. The scrolls represent the various nations, each of which would be taken up by one or the other of the Apostles. There he would go to proclaim the Resurrection and the defeat of sin, death and the devil and the freedom of all men from their captivity.”

 

 

I thank Fr David and Fr Josiah for their consistently excellent writings, which they frequently publish in the Internet. Their wisdom made it easy to explain the significance of the Pentecost icon to my flock. My little partial compilation of the Father’s sermons does not cover all the meaning of this icon. Please read the source documents if you want more information.

 

Fr David’s weekly sermons are available at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/propoved/

 

Fr Josiah has an impressive body of work on his church’s website: http://www.saintandrew.net/ and also publishes edifying thoughts on his Blog, which I receive as an RSS feed: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/FatherJosiahsWeblog

 

 

Priest Seraphim Holland 2009.     St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

 

http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2009-06-08.html

http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2009-06-08.doc

 

New Journal entries are posted on our BLOG: http://www/.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime

 

Archive of Journal Entries: http://www.orthodox.net/journal

 

Use this for any edifying reason, but please give credit, and include the URL were the text was found. We would love to hear from you with comments!

 



[1] Archpriest David Moser pastor of St Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church (ROCOR) (http://stseraphimboise.org)

Fr David has a mailing list in which he published his Sunday homilies: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/propoved/

[2] Homily for Pentecost, 2009,  Fr David Moser

[4] The Greek word “Cosmos” (or “Kosmos”), means “the world”

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Pentecost 2009. Circumstances, space, and the Spirit. Audio or video homily.

Monday, June 8th, 2009

LISTEN NOW

 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh


Pentecost 2009 @ Yahoo! Video




If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-00_2009-06-07.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-00_2009-06-07.mp3



RSS feed of Sunday and some weekday homiliesRSS feed of Sunday and some weekday homilies:http://feeds.feedburner.com/OrthodoxChristianSermonsOnTheGospelsEpistlesAndOtherTopics

Archive of Audio and text homilies:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons

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