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The Comforter Has Come

Troparion 

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast revealed the fisherman as most wise By sending down upon them the Holy Spirit; Through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, Glory to Thee!

Kontakion 

When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations; But when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity. Therefore, with one voice, we glorify the all-holy Spirit!

As the Belarussian nun who was visiting us yesterday said to me, “Happy Pentecost!” 

She mentioned that a British priest had visited their convent, and they had enjoyed a “small Pentecost” because the two priests had served in their respective languages.  Of course, almost all Orthodox churches here in the U.S. use multiple languages in services, so we are fortunate to have these small Pentecosts every week.

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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