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!


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.