Midway to Pentecost 2020
Today, May 6, in the Byzantine Church following the Gregorian calendar, it is the feast of half-Pentecost (half of the Pascal Time).
Let’s attend to the Gospel text of today (John 7: 14-30):
verse: 14: We were already in the middle of the week of the feast when Jesus went up to the Temple; and there he was teaching.
verse 15: The Jews were astonished and said, “How is he educated without studying?”
verse 16: Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not from me, but from Him who sent me.”
verse 17: Does anyone want to do the will of God, he will know if this teaching comes from God, or if I speak on my own initiative.
In the midst of the feast, bless my soul thirsty from the waters of piety, / for, O Savior, You have claimed to all: / He who is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. // Source of our life, O Christ God, glory to you.
In the midst of the feast required by law, / Creator and master of all things, / You said to those who stood by you: / Come and tap the water of immortality. / Therefore we stand before you and say with faith: / Grant us your compassion, O Christ God, // For You are the source of our life.