Saturday, June 14, 2003

15 Июня
Сошествие Святого Духа/Святая Троица
Icon of Trinity (Old Testament appearance) by Andrei Rublev: click for explanation

O heavenly King, the Comforter, Spirit of Truth, who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come dwell within us, cleanse us from all our sins and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

Happy feast of Pentecost (Trinity), Eastern Orthodox!

And happy Trinity Sunday, traditional Roman Catholics.

Interestingly, Russians call Pentecost 'Trinity' but that's not related to the Western feast day. Western Trinity Sunday was instituted by a medieval Pope, and so the Sarum Use of the Roman Rite used throughout England at the time counted Sundays after Trinity, not Sundays after Pentecost like the rest of the Roman Rite, which is why the 1662 Book of Common Prayer does the same.

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