Pentecost as Our Common Birthday

Source: St. Elisabeth Convent

June 8, 2017

    

I congratulate you on this great feast, and we can even say that this is a birthday! Not just the birthday of the Church, but a birthday for each of us.

Is there anything the Lord has not told us about? Is there something we cannot do, something we do not understand, do not know or have not heard? We know everything and we can do everything. “He that believeth on me,” as the scripture hath said, “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). And any person who comes to God drinks this water. A church becomes the place where we receive a blessing and the hospital where we recover. What else do we need in this life? Can we say that something is missing in our lives, or that we have not received enough? Our salary is low, our house is too small, our health is poor… What do we need? We have everything we need! And we have something that is most important – we have the Holy Spirit, Who restores what has been ruined by sin, purifies us and resurrects us for a new life.

St. Symeon the New Theologian said the following spiritual words, “Repentance can even restore chastity in a person”. That means that a thief can become a great saint, and a harlot can become a virtuous person.

Read the rest at St. Elisabeth Convent

See also
Be Angry, and Sin Not. Homily on the Feast of Pentecost Be Angry, and Sin Not. Homily on the Feast of Pentecost
St. Luke, Archbishop of Crimea
Be Angry, and Sin Not. Homily on the Feast of Pentecost Be Angry, and Sin Not. Homily on the Feast of Pentecost
St. Luke, Archbishop of Crimea
We must dedicate our whole lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must strive with every fiber of our souls to never anger the Lord in any way, and to pray that He would help us who are weak in spirit. And the Lord will help us.
Mysteriously and Incomprehensibly (VIDEO) Mysteriously and Incomprehensibly (VIDEO)
A Film On the Feast of Pentecost
Mysteriously and Incomprehensibly (VIDEO) Mysteriously and Incomprehensibly (VIDEO)
A Film On the Feast of Pentecost
Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev)
The film presented here, on the great feast of the Pentecost, was made by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), with Studio Neophyte, which produces films and programs for those who believe, and those who are seeking God, offering numerous videos on the feasts of the Church year, the saints, theology, and much more.
Three Thousand Souls in One Day! Three Thousand Souls in One Day!
Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis
Three Thousand Souls in One Day! Three Thousand Souls in One Day!
Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis
That oration of St. Peter must have been pretty incredible, if it converted three thousand souls in one day! I often think about church growth—it is part of my “ministry” as a priest and part of my “job” as an administrator of a parish. Why is it that some churches are growing and others are in decline? And why is it that overall in America, at this time, churches in general are in decline? At the outset, on the day of Pentecost, three thousand people, who woke up that morning, not knowing what Christianity was about, were converted and gave their lives to Christ. How did that happen?
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