The coming of the Holy Spirit (Hokekaloust) is celebrated by the Armenian Church, as in all Christian churches, 50 days after Easter.
On Sunday 5 June 2022, the Feast of Pentecost commenced with the Antasdan service, where the four corners of the church are blessed as a sign of the sanctification of the world. Father Avetis Hambardzumyan was the Celebrant and Homilist of the day.
As possessors of this beautiful faith, Pentecost points us to our personal Pentecost, for just as the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles, so too does the Holy Spirit come to each one of us at the time of our chrismation or confirmation with the anointing of the Holy Oil. As baptised infants, if we are open to that gift, it transforms us and inspires us to live a Christ centred existence, in which the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control — can grow and thrive ?