Orthodox Christians celebrate the day of the Holy spirit
The Russian Orthodox Church on Monday celebrates the feast in honor of the third person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy spirit, who, according to ancient Christian tradition, is set immediately after the day of the Holy Trinity.
The Trinity, or Pentecost, is the greatest Christian feast, refers to "the twelve" (12 main) religious holidays. He always celebrated the 50th day after the Resurrection of Christ (Easter) - in commemoration of the descent of the Holy spirit on the apostles.
In the gospel this event is described as the appearance of flames, flames which surrounded each of the apostles who had gathered at that time in the Zion upper room in Jerusalem, after which they have acquired "the gift of tongues" - began to speak different, not known to them earlier languages, and thus had the opportunity to preach the Christian faith throughout the world.
Christian theologians say that the descent of the Holy spirit on the apostles revealed custody of all persons Triune God of the world: God the Father creates the world, God the Son redeems people from slavery to the devil, and God the Holy Spirit sanctifies the world through the Foundation of the Church and the world preaching the faith.
"It is the descent of the Holy spirit on the apostles opened the activity of the third person of the Trinity and the teachings of the Jesus Christ of the Triune God, made up of perfect clarity and completeness. The event of the descent of the Holy spirit is considered the beginning of the Christian Church," explained on the website of the capital of Trinity Church zhivonachalnoj on Sparrow hills.
The notion of the Trinity is a theological term which reflects the Christian doctrine of trihypostatic God. A key concept of Orthodoxy. According to Church teaching, God is one in essence and three in persons (hypostases): God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, "the Trinity consubstantial and inseparable".
The feast of the Holy spirit was established by the Church in opposition to the teachings of heretics who rejected the Divinity of the Holy spirit and His unity with God the Father and the Son of God. On spirit day in all Orthodox churches have traditionally served a festive divine Liturgy.