20 June 2021

On June 20, 2021, on the day of the feast of the Holy Trinity, Pentecost, a solemn divine service was performed in the Tithes Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. 

The Liturgy was led by His Grace Gideon, Bishop Makarovsky, he was concelebrated by the monastery brethren {in priesthood. {1}} 

At the end of the service, kneeling prayers were read. 

One of the main Christian holidays - the Day of the Holy Trinity - is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter. In Orthodoxy, it is one of the twelve feasts and glorifies the Holy Trinity. And it is called Pentecost because the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles took place on the fiftieth day after the Resurrection of Christ. So the Holy Spirit, according to the promise of the Savior, descended on the apostles in the form of tongues of fire, as a sign that He gave the apostles the ability and strength to preach Christ's teaching to all nations; came down in the form of fire as a sign that it has the power to scorch sins and cleanse, sanctify and warm souls. 

On this holiday in the churches immediately after the Divine Liturgy, Vespers is celebrated in remembrance of the descent on the holy apostles The Spirit of the Comforter. During this service, kneeling prayers are read about the sending down to us of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of reason and the fear of God (kneeling prayer after augmented litany). The Holy Church prays for the granting of the grace of the Holy Spirit to all those present, as well as to our formerly departed fathers and brethren and other relatives in the flesh, so that they, too, will settle down to be participants in the Kingdom of Glory in the land of the living ..."There is not a single one clean before God from defilement, below even one day of his belly is" (kneeling prayer after "Grant, Lord, this evening"). 

 Orthodox Christians decorate this day houses and temples with green birch branches, flowers. This custom goes back to the Old Testament Church, when houses and synagogues were decorated with greenery at Pentecost in memory of how at Mount Sinai everything bloomed and greened on the day when Moses received the tablets of the law. The upper room of Zion, where the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, at that time, according to the general custom, was also decorated with tree branches and flowers. 

On the feast of the Trinity, the appearance of the Most Holy Trinity to Abraham in the Mamre oak forest is also remembered , therefore, the temple decorated with greenery resembles that oak forest. The blossoming branches also remind us that under the influence of the grace of God, human souls flourish with the fruits of virtue.