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  • Holy Spirit Paraclete, come and dwell in us: Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Pentecost, at the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral in Chisinau

    Sunday, 27 May 2018, on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, the Hierarch of the Orthodox Church of Moldova celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Metropolitan Cathedral in Chisinau, assisted by the Cathedral Dean, Fr. Vadim Cheibas and a synaxis of priests and deacons.

    The coming of the Holy Spirit is one of the most ancient Christian feasts, dating back to the apostolic age. The origin of the Feast is described in the Acts of the Apostles (2, 1-11) and in the Gospel of Holy Apostle John (7:37-52; 8:12). These Scripture fragments are read out in the Church on the Holy Trinity Sunday, called also the Sunday of the Pentecost.

    The Pentecost is considered the day when the Christian Church was founded by the Holy Spirit which is one of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. This, however, does not mean that God is somehow divided, but that He is One and at the same time reveals Himself to people in three Persons: the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    The Sunday of the Holy Trinity is always celebrated on the 50th day after Holy Pascha and 10 days after the Ascension of the Lord. Lord Jesus promised to His disciples before Crucification and Resurrection that He would not abandon them, but send them from the Father another Comforter, the Spirit of Truth (John 14, 16-17).

    Today’s holiday was very special for protodeacon Valeriu Balan, who was ordained by Metropolitan Vladimir into the dignity of priesthood and appointed to ministry in the Transfiguration of the Lord Cathedral in Chisinau.

    Graduate of Orthodox Theology Seminary in Paris, Marian Plamadeala, received diaconal ordination.

    Metropolitan Vladimir congratulated the newly ordained clergymen and wished them to be worthy servants of the Holy Altar, bearing their cross with obedience and devotion to Christ and His teaching.

    After the Divine Liturgy, the Vespers service was officiated, with special kneeling prayers. This is the first time after Holy Pascha that Christians stand on their knees while praying. According to the Orthodox Christian tradition, during the Paschal period (between Resurrection and Pentecost), Christians do not kneel while praying. Praying on knees symbolizes sorrow, humility and repentance, while the Paschal period celebrates the presence of the Risen Christ among people, a period of joy. Although the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of the Pentecost is a great spiritual joy, it also marks the beginning of a new period in the liturgical year, a period of expectation of the Christ’s coming again among people, and kneeling prayers come to reinforce this intense spiritual experience.

    Synodal Sector of Institutional Communication and Mass-Media Relations