This great feast of Pentecost is an inseparable continuation of the Lord’s Cross and Resurrection and Ascension to the right hand of the Father, in which the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the Church, recalling to mind the words of our Savior, and guiding our steps towards perfection in Christ. On this great feast we offer the words of two inspiring voices from St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary in South Canaan, PA—those of Archimandrite Sergius, the abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, and of Abp. Michael (Dahulich) of New York and New Jersey, rector and professor at St. Tikhon’s Seminary.
One might ask, why should we do all of this? Why should we undergo this Lenten “struggle,” this podvig, anyway? The answer is to achieve our goal, the goal not only of Lent but of our entire lifetime – to come closer to Christ, to become more like God, to enter into eternal communion with the Holy Trinity. We want that because we know how much Jesus Christ, our Lord God and Savior, has loved us – with that love greater than any man has, to lay down His life for His friends (John 13:35). And so, let us “Let us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves for spiritual combat” … let us undertake our Lenten podvig … to show our love for the God Who loves more than we love ourselves.