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The Profession of Faith

193

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.

730

At last Jesus’ hour arrives:

117

he commends his spirit into

the Father’s hands

118

at the very moment when by his death he

conquers death, so that, “raised from the dead by the glory of the

Father,”

119

he might immediately

give

the Holy Spirit by “breath-

ing” on his disciples.

120

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.”

121

V.

T

he

S

pirit and

the

C

hurch

in

the

L

ast

D

ays

Pentecost

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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

in abundance.

122

732

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

117 Cf.

Jn

13:1; 17:1.

118 Cf.

Lk

23:46;

Jn

19:30.

119

Rom

6:4.

120 Cf.

Jn

20:22.

121

Jn

20:21; cf.

Mt

28:19;

Lk

24:47-48;

Acts

1:8.

122 Cf.

Acts

2:33-36.

123 Byzantine liturgy, Pentecost, Vespers,

Troparion,

repeated after communion.

388, 1433

850

2623, 767

1302

244

672