oisea elithasan, i dini ke paranomi, Ioudeon sistima to ahariston. Ton Isaian de eprisan, xilino en prioni. En vorvoro ton Sofon, Ieremian enevalon. Ton de Kyrion, en Stavro anipsountes, epevoon. Ton Naon O katalion, soson safton ke pistevsomen.
oxa Patri ke Io ke Agio Pnevmati, ke nin ke ai ke is tous Eonas ton eonon.
otisthentes Adelphi ti Anastasi tou Sotiros Hristou, ke fthasantes to meson tis eortis tis despotikis, gnisios filanxomen tas entolas tou Theou. Ina axii genometha ke tin Analipsin eortase, ke tis parousias tihin tou Agiou Pnevmatos.
he severe and iniquitous and ungrateful society of the Hebrews threw stones at the Prophet Moses of old. They killed Isaiah by sawing him in two with a wooden saw. They imprisoned in a pit Jeremiah the Holy Sage. But the Lord of all they had raised on a Cross, and then they cried out: Thou Who would destroy the Temple, we would believe if Thou Save Thyself!
lory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the Ages of ages.
e were Illumined, O Brethren, by the Resurrection of Christ the Saviour. And now we have the middle of the Feast of the Lord. Let us sincrely keep the Commandments of God, so that we may become worthy of celebrating the Ascension as well, and to witness the Coming of the Holy Spirit.
esousis tis eortis, dipsosan mou tin psihin, evsevias potison namata. Oti pasi Sotir evoisas. O dipson, erhestho pros me ke pineto. I Pigi tis Zois, Hriste O Theos, Doxa Si!
Lord, midway through the Feast, grant drink to my Thirsty soul from the Waters of True Religion. For to all Thou, our Saviour, cried aloud: Let whosoever is Thirsty, come to Me and drink! As the Fountain of Life, O Christ our God, Glory to Thee!
The Feast of Mid Pentecost
The fifty days following Pascha until the Feast of Pentecost are known as
‘the period of the Pentecostarion.
’ At the mid-point between these great Feasts of Pascha and Pentecost, on the 25
day ,which is always a Wedneday, is one of the most beloved Feasts – ‘
.’ Mid-Pentecost is as significant to the Pentecostarion as the Third Sunday of Great Lent, which honours the Holy Cross, is to the period of Great Lent - a Feast that helps us to focus on the central theme of the entire Festal or Lenten period. Whereas the mid-point of Great Lent reminds us to bear up the Cross of Christ bravely so that we may daily die with Christ in order to experience the Resurrection of our Lord, so also the mid-point of the Pentecostarion Enlightens us regarding the Theme of the Fifty Days following Pascha - the Acquisition of the Holy Spirit Who is poured out as a Gift upon all the Faithful who partake of the Living Water - Christ Himself. The central theme woven throughout the period of the Pentecostarion concerns ‘
,” because it is also the central theme of the Gospel of St John, which flows into St Luke’s ‘Acts of the Apostles,’ both of which are read during the Pentecostarion. This theme appears for the first time on Pascha itself in the Joyous Canon of the Feast of Feasts written by Saint John the Damascene when he invites us to
"...drink a New Drink..."
brought forth from a Barren Rock
..." as in the Old Testament under Moses, but which rather "...
springs forth from the Grave of Christ
." During the Paschal Divine Liturgy the Priest processes with the Gospel and chants loudly from Psalm 67:27:
"In the Congregations Bless ye God, the Lord from the Well-springs of Israel."
When Renewal or Bright Week is over the Church wisely sets up two Sundays in which to abolish all doubts concerning the Resurrection of Christ - Sunday of St Thomas and the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, in order to ensure that we all partake of the Living Water that only our Resurrected Lord can give. On following three Sundays, the theme of Water is mentioned more often - the Sheep's Pool with the Paralytic, the Well of Jacob with the Samaritan Woman, and finally, the Pool of Siloam with the Blind Man (born without eyes). This festive period concerns the "
" which we must partake of so that we
"...will never thirst..."
for It is our Saviour Himself Who is this Living Water, and we partake of Him through the Baptismal Waters and the Cup of Life, which
“... issued forth