Sunday, June 7, 2009
Pentecost Celebration at Holy Trinity, NYC
This great Feast of the Church is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom on the Sunday that is the fiftieth day after the celebration of Pascha. The Liturgy is conducted on the day of the Feast, and is preceded the evening before by a Great Vespers service and on the morning of the Feast by the Matins service. On the day of the Feast a Vespers service is conducted that includes the kneeling prayers. These prayers mark the beginning of the practice of kneeling during the Liturgy at the time when the holy gifts of bread and wine are consecrated as the body and blood of Christ. The practice of kneeling has been suspended during the Paschal season. On the Monday following the Feast, the Divine Liturgy is conducted in commemoration of the All-holy and Life-creating and All-powerful Spirit, Who is God, and One of the Trinity, and of one honor and one essence and one glory with the Father and the Son (From the Synaxarion of the Feast).
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Officiated at the Feast of the Pentecost today June 7, 2009 at the Archdiocesan Holy Trinity Cathedral in NYC. His Eminence was assisted by the Dean of the Cathedral Fr. Frank Marangos, Very Reverend Sebastian Skordalos, Fr. Mark Arrey, Fr. Vasilios Bassakyros, and Archdeacon Panteleimon and Deacon Nathanael.