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    36. MA T I N S S E R V I C E P E N T E C O S T

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    G r e e k O r t h o d o x P a t r i a r c h a t e o f A l e x a n d r i a& A l l A f r i c a

    Fes t a l Mat i n s Ser v i c e

    8 June 2014Holy Pen t e c o s t

    8thSunday of PaschaSunday of the Holy Trinity

    TH E DESCENT OF T HE L I FE -GIV ING HO L Y SP IR I T &T HE BEGIN ING OF T HE HOLY CHURCH OFCHR IS T OUR L I F E I N CHR IS T OF D I V INE

    GRACE , KNOWLEDGE , HOL INESS & D I V I N EAD O P T I O N

    ALSO T HE FE A S T O F S T THEODORE S T RAT E LAT E ST HE GREAT HOLY MAR T YR , TR A N S L A T I O N O FHO L Y RE L ICS S T CAL L IO P E - S T THEODRE ,B I S H O P O F ROST OV & SUZDAL S T BAS I L &S T CONST ANT INE VS E V O L O D O V I C H O F

    YAR O SL A VL S T EPHRA IM , PAT RI AR CH OFANT IOCH S T ZO S I M O S O F PH O E N I C I A ,SYR IA S T JOHN OF KRONST ADT S TTHEODORE OF KVE L TA

    F e s t a l K a t a v a s i a s o f P e n t e c o s t

    O d e s & I a m b i c V e r s e sOur Eternal Gratitude to Pater Seraphim Dedes & all the contributing translators for the

    original Greek & English Translation - and for making our Worship a little easier tounderstand, to participate and to apprec iate. www.ematins.org

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    P e n t e c o s t S u n d a y S u n d a y o f t h e H o l y T r i n i t y

    PENTECOST SUNDAY is also referred to AS SUNDAY OF THE HOLY TRINITY orSUNDAY OF THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, and is one of the Great

    Feasts of the Eastern Orthodox Church, which is celebrated 50

    DAYS AFTER HOLY PASC HAand therefore always falls on a Sunday.Fifty days after the Resurrection of

    our Lord and Saviour, Jesus

    Christ, on the Jewish Feast ofPentecost, while the Disciples

    and the Apostles, as well asmany other followers of Christwere gathered together to

    pray, God the Holy Spiritdescended upon them in the

    form of ...cloven tongues of

    Fire... with the sound of aMighty Rushing Wind, and theyall began to speak in different

    languages that were foreign tothem.

    Many Hebrews had gathered from

    all over the known world inJerusalem at that time to

    celebrate the Great Feast of Pentecost, and, having been drawnto where the Apostles and Disciples of Christ had gathered, theywere astonished to hear the illiterate Fishermen and the other

    Disciples of Christ praising Almighty God in all the differentlanguages of the world so that EACH NATIONALITY WAS CLEARLY ABLE TO

    UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD THEY SPOKE.

    This amazing Event was written in detail by St Luke in his Book of theAct s o f t he A pos tle s, C hap ter 2.

    The number 50 as in the 50 th day after Holy Pascha symbolisesEternal, Heavenly Fulfilment i.e. seven times seven, plus one.

    The Eastern Orthodox Church regards Pentecost as THE FINALFULFILLMENT OF THE DIVINE MISSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST - and the

    beginning of the Messianic Age of the Kingdom of God, which is

    Mystically Present in His Church. (In fact, the Messianic Age beganmuch earlier with the conception and birth of our Lady Theotokos

    the Mother of God Incarnate.)

    PENTECOST SUNDAY WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE ONE , HOL Y, CATH OL IC AN DAPOSTOLIC CHURCH OF CHRIST.

    Besides celebrating the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Feast of

    Pentecost also celebrates THE FULL REVELATION OF THE HOLY TRINITY GOD THE FAT HE R, GOD THE SON ,AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.

    The Hymns celebrate the Sign of THE FINALACT OFALMIGHTY GOD S SELF -

    DISCLOSURE TO THE WORLD OF H IS CREATION AND THE DIVINE REVELATION OFTHE PURPOSE OF HIS DIVINE PLA N.

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    Evlogitos I, Kyrie, O Theos ton Pateronimon, ke Eneton ke Dedoxasmenon toOnoma Sou is tous Eonas.

    AminGenito, Kyrie, to eleos Sou ef imas,

    kathaper ilipisamen epi Se.

    >Evlogitos i, Kyrie, didaxon me taDikeomata Sou. [3]

    Kyrie, katafigi, egenithis imin en genea

    ke genea. Ego ipa: Kyrie, eleison me,iase tin psihin mou oti imarton Si.

    Kyrie, Pros Se katefi gon; didaxon me toupiin to Thelima Sou, oti Si I O Theosmou.

    Oti para Si Pigi Zois; en to Foti Souopsometha Fos.

    Paratinon to Eleos Sou tis ginoskousi Se.

    >Agios O Theos, Agios Ishiros, AgiosAthanatos, eleison imas.[3]

    >Doxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati.Ke nin ke ai ke is tous eonas ton

    eonon.

    Amin>Agios Athanatos, eleison imas.>Agios O Theos, Agios Ishiros, Agios

    Athanatos, Eleison imas.

    Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God ofour Fathers, and praised andglorified is Thy Name unto the Ages .

    AmenMay Thy Mercy O Lord, be upon us, as

    we have put our hope in Thee.

    >Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach meThy Statutes [3]

    Lord, Thou hast been our Refuge fromgeneration to generation. I said:Lord, have mercy on me, heal mysoul, for I have sinned against Thee.

    OLord, to Thee have I fled; teach me todo Thy Will, for Thou art my God.

    For with Thee is the Fountain of Life; inThy Light we shall see Light.

    Extend Thy Mercy to those who knowThee.

    > Holy God, Holy Mighty, HolyImmortal, have mercy on us. [3]

    > Glory to the Father, and to the Son,and to the Holy Spirit, now and

    ever, and to the Ages of Ages.

    Amen>Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.> Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy

    Immortal, have mercy on us.

    F e s t a l A p o l y t i k i o n - H o l y P e n t e c o s t - T O N E ( 8 ) P L A G A L 4

    Evlogitos i Hriste O Theosimon. OPansofous tous aliis anadixas,katapepsas aftis to Pnevma to Agion,ke di afton tin ikoumenin saginefsas,

    Filanthrope, >Doxa Si.

    Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God.Thou made the Fishermen All Wise,

    by sending down upon them theHoly Spirit, and through them Thoudrew the world into Thy Net. O

    Lover of mankind: >Glory to Thee.T H E D I V I N E L I T U R G Y O F S T J O H N C H R Y S O S T O M B E G I N S I M M E D I A T E L Y

    MA T I N S S E R V I C E P E N T E C O S T 3.

    To Orthodox Christians, the Feast of Pentecost is not just a

    celebration of an Event in history. It is also A CEL EBR ATI ON OU RMEMBERSHIP IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, for we have lived Pentecost

    and we have received "...the Seal of the Gift of the Holy

    Spirit..." during the Holy Mystery of Baptism and Chrismation.For the Feast of Pentecost the Icon of the Holy Trinity, the three

    Ang elic Beings who appe ared to Ab raham, is placed in thecentre of the Soleas for veneration, and is presented togetherwith the traditional Pentecost Icon.

    The church is decorated with flowers and green leaves to show that

    GOD 'S DIVINE BREATH COMES TO RENEW ALL CREATION. Green Vestmentsand coverings are also used.

    In many Parishes the Feast is celebrated the evening before with theHoly Service of Great Vespers, followed by Matins and Divine

    Liturgy on Pentecost Sunday Morning.The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom has Festal Hymns that replace the

    standard verses of the Antiphons.

    The Hymns O Heavenly King...and We have seen the True Light...are sung for the first time since Pascha, calling the Holy Spiritto "...come and abide in us," and proclaiming that "...we have

    received the Heavenly Spirit."An ext rao rdin ary Ser vice cal led the Kneeling Vespers is observed

    on the evenig of Pentecost - to which are added three sets of

    long poetical Prayers, composed by St Basil the Great, duringwhich everyone makes a full Prostration, touching their foreheads

    to the floor (Prostrations in Church having been forbidden from

    the day of Great and Holy Pascha up to this point).In many Parishes, however, THE KNEELING VESPERS IS DONE IMMEDIATELY

    AFT ER TH E D IVINE LITURGY OF PENTECOST.THE FEAST OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CELEBRATED ON MONDAY AFTER PENTECOST

    SUNDAY AND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST IS THE FEAST OFALL SAIN TS .THE FAST OF TH E APOSTLES BEGINS ON MONDAY AFTER ALL SAI NT S SUNDAY AND

    CONTINUES UNTIL 29 JUNE , the Feast of the Apostles, St Peter and StPaul.

    The length of this Fast depends on the date of Holy Pascha.

    Even though the start of the Liturgical Year begins on 1(or14)September, the Liturgical centre of the annual cycle of Orthodox

    Worsh ip is the Grea t Fea st of Pascha, pre cede d by Great Lent

    and Pre-Lent.These are followed by the fifty days of Pascha, which ends with the

    Great Feast of Pentecost.

    Until the start of the next Great Lent, THE SUNDAYS AND WEEKS FOLLOWINGPENTECOST,ARE NUMBERED FROM PENTECOST SUNDAY.

    Liturgical Readings and Hymns are based on the weeks AfterPentecost" as listed in THE OCTOECHOS (the Eight Tones) THEAPOSTOLOS(the Epistles) and the Lectionary arranged HOLY GOSPEL.

    http://orthodoxwiki.org/Pentecost

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