|Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - May 2007|
Comfort for us all at The Feast of Holy Pentecost
Our Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Ascension of our Lord this year on May 17th, and then we humbly prepare spiritually to commemorate Holy Pentecost -Trinity Sunday on May the 27th. The Ascension of our Lord always takes place forty days after His Holy Resurrection and Holy Pentecost takes place 50 days later. The following day after Holy Pentecost is Monday and commemorates the day of the Holy Spirit, and this day is called Monday of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Pentecost in the Orthodox Church celebrates the founding of the Christian Church and the assurance that we all will be comforted by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore according to Holy Scripture the Holy Spirit descended upon Christ Holy Apostles to enable them to spread His message throughout the world. Read in the book of Acts 2:1-4.
Everyone of us today is looking for some words of comfort at this hour, especially in the light what has recently happen at Virginia Tech. It is certain that all of us are horrified about what happened to the youth and professors at this college. So many talented individuals perished before our eyes.
When parents send their children to college or university the most important thing is to find out where is the closest Orthodox Church in the area, and to encourage their children to attend these services, as well as provide them with an icon, a prayer book, and Holy Scripture. This in itself would bring great spiritual comfort to the parents and to the youth.
Not too long ago our Orthodox church spoke about forgiveness and being comforted by forgiveness and the grace of the Holy Spirit. The conditions of forgiveness is in all of us or in me: our readiness to take up this heavy cross that burdened Virginia Tech is represented by the hope that suffering people can be healed or at least being protected from evil.
All of us, side by side, can say together who in particular is responsible for these sufferings and anger. We must now move forward with love for each other and with total support. The task in our life, or business of the day, should be that every person on campus should be protected by those responsible, and also by local authorities
All children or youth of this world should begin to realize that we do not harm each other with retaliation or by shooting each another, but rather with love and concern for each other as this in itself is our Christian responsibility and task in our lives.
The healing can now begin in forgiveness and in knowing that each person can be comforted by the grace of the Holy Spirit who also knows your pain and your suffering during these difficult hours. After all, our Lord God understands us and still loves us all in spite of the terrible things some people do. Live on beloved children of Virginia Tech and America!
Let hatred release its hold on us and let love come back in our minds, hearts and souls.
Peace to your souls!
Christ Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!
Humbly in our Risen Lord,+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you and with you!
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