Pentecost Sunday – Day of the Holy Trinity
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
At that time: when the days of Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: and suddenly there was made a sound from heaven, as of a vehement wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all replenished with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with diverse, tongues according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men of every nation that is under heaven. And when this voice was made, the multitude came together, and was astonished in mind, because every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and marveled saying, Are not, lo, all these that speak, Galileans, and how have we heard each man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medians, and Elamites, and that inhabit Mesopotamia, Jewry, and Cappodocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphilia, Egypt and the parts of Lybia that is about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and Proselytes, Cretensians, and Arabians: We have heard them speak in our own tongues the great works of God.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
St John 7:37-52; 8:12.
At that time: in the last, the great day of the festivity Jesus stood, and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to Me, and drink. He that believeth in Me, as the scripture saith, Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (And this He said of the Spirit that they should receive which believed in Him. For as yet the Spirit was not given: because Jesus was not yet glorified.) Of that multitude therefore, when they had heard these words of His, some said, This is the Prophet indeed. Others said, This is Christ. But certain said, Why, doth Christ cometh from Galilee? Doth not the scripture say, that of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem the town where David was, Christ doth come? Therefore there arose dissension in the multitude for Him. And certain of them would have apprehended Him: but no man laid hands upon Him. The ministers therefore came to the chief priests and the Pharisees. And they said to them, Why have you not brought Him? The ministers answered, Never did there man so speak, as this Man. The Pharisees therefore answered them, Why, are you also seduced? Hath any of the Princes believed in Him, or of the Pharisees? But this multitude that knoweth not the law, are accursed. Nicodemus said to them, he that came to him by night, who was one of them, Doth our law judge a man, unless it first hear him, and know what he doeth? They answered, and said to him, Why, art thou also a Galilean? Search, and see that from Galilee a Prophet riseth not. Again therefore Jesus spake to them, saying, I am the light of the world. He that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness: but shall have the light of life.