The Profession of Faith
and Jesus will send him from the Father’s side, since he comes from
the Father. The Holy Spirit will come and we shall know him; he
will be with us for ever; he will remain with us. The Spirit will teach
us everything, remind us of all that Christ said to us and bear
witness to him. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and will
glorify Christ. He will prove the world wrong about sin, righteous-
ness, and judgment.
At last Jesus’ hour arrives:
he commends his spirit into
the Father’s hands
at the very moment when by his death he
conquers death, so that, “raised from the dead by the glory of the
he might immediately
the Holy Spirit by “breath-
ing” on his disciples.
From this hour onward, the mission of
Christ and the Spirit becomes the mission of the Church: “As the
Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter
had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring
of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given, and communicated as a
divine person: of his fullness, Christ, the Lord, pours out the Spirit
On that day, the Holy Trinity is fully revealed. Since that
day, the Kingdom announced by Christ has been open to those who
believe in him: in the humility of the flesh and in faith, they already
share in the communion of the Holy Trinity. By his coming, which
never ceases, the Holy Spirit causes the world to enter into the “last
days,” the time of the Church, the Kingdom already inherited
though not yet consummated.
We have seen the true Light, we have received the heavenly
Spirit, we have found the true faith: we adore the indivisible
Trinity, who has saved us.
123 Byzantine liturgy, Pentecost, Vespers,
repeated after communion.