Pentecost

I entered the Orthodox Church on or around Pentecost Sunday, 1973, during Basic Harassment in the Air Force.

I might joke about my military experience, but I am eternally grateful for it.  I do not know what I would do today without the VA benefits and the VA has been fantastic to me.

Becoming Orthodox was the second best decision of my life.  Being baptized was the first. 

On Pentecost we traditionally wear green in the East because green is the color of life. The Serbs make grass rings and they kneel on them during the Kneeling Prayers at Vespers, which is usually done immediately after the Divine Liturgy.  This is the first time that we are allowed to kneel after Pascha.  Pentecost is also the first time we hear the hymn O Heavenly King, a hymn which I use most of the time when asked to say a prayer to begin a meeting. 
 

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