“Thou hast sent down Thy Spirit, O Lord”

On the evening of June 11, a solemn hierarchal service was celebrated in the Trinity Cathedral of the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery in honor of the Holy and Life-Giving Trinity. Metropolitan Georgiy of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas presided at the Lesser Vespers with the akathist and the All-night Vigil. Concelebrating His Eminence was Bishop Innocent, the Vicar of the Nizhny Novgorod Diocese.

On the birthday of the Church, our monastery celebrates a patronal feast. The consecration of the Holy Trinity Cathedral took place in 1875, and in the summer of 1991, the monastery was officially named the Holy Trinity Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery after the main cathedral.

At the end of the All-night Vigil, Metropolitan Georgiy of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas congratulated the faithful with the patronal feast of the Diveyevo monastery and its main cathedral.

The ruling hierarch reminded that we celebrate the birthday of the Church on this day. “Before Golgotha and following His Ascension, the Lord taught the apostles many things, but they could not contain all of them, because the grace of the Holy Spirit wasn’t manifest in them as yet,” Vladyka pointed to the significance of the event commemorated today. Ever since the Lord has sent the Comforter, the Spirit to the world on the Day of Pentecost, His grace is called upon to waters, and it is sanctified; through the invocation of the Holy Spirit, man undergoes through the sacrament of Baptism, and he becomes a Christian.

At the conclusion of His earthly ministry, the Lord said to His disciples, “But now I am going to Him who sent Me” (John 16:5). This message saddened the apostles, but the Savior reinvigorated them with the promise: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). “Therefore, today we also call upon the Holy Comforter and exclaim: “O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere and fillest all things; Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of Life – come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One,” His Eminence said at the conclusion of his hierarchical address.

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