Today is Pentecost!
"The Christian Pentecost is based on the New Testament where it refers to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-31."
The above was taken from Wikipedia and you can read the rest of the article here. But for today, I've chosen, for reflection, the following quotes about the Holy Spirit. After reflecting, feel free to share some favorites of your own.
The power of the Holy Spirit, which is bestowed upon him who loves God and keeps His commandments, does not appear visibly in the form of fire, nor does it come with a loud sound like a violent wind - for this happened only in the time of the Apostles for the sake of the unbelievers. Instead, it is seen spiritually in the form of spiritual light, and comes with all calm and joy." ~Guide to Byzantine Iconography, Vol. 1, by Constantine Cavarnos
“Everything that breathes, breathes by air and cannot live without air; similarly all reasonable free creatures live by the Holy Spirit, as though by air, and cannot live without Him. "Every soul is quickened by the Holy Spirit." Recognise that the Holy Spirit stands in the same relation to your soul as air stands in relation to your body.” ~St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ
We may study as much as we will but we shall still not come to know the Lord unless we live according to His commandments, for the Lord is not made known through learning but by the Holy Spirit. Many philosophers and scholars have arrived at a belief in the existence of God but they have not come to know God. To believe in God is one thing, to know God another. ~ St. Siloun the Athonite
If your tongue is used to chattering, your heart will remain dim and foreign to the luminous intuitions of the Holy Spirit. ~ St John of Dalatha
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
“O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who art in all places and fillest all things, Treasury of blessings and giver of life: come and dwell in us, cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.”
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!
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