St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

On the Sunday of Pentecost

 

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Sunday, June 23, 2014

Preview: On the day of Pentecost, we do not celebrate the coming of the Spirit because the Spirit has always been in the world from the beginning, from his hovering over the face of the deeps in Genesis to this very moment. Without the energy of his constant presence in the world, nothing would or could exist. Today, we celebrate the giving of the Spirit, the pouring out of the Spirit at a particular time and place for a specific purpose: the energizing and empowerment of the Apostles, the birthday of the Church.  In Scripture, there is a word kairos, which means "at the right moment." This was the right moment for this outpouring.