The Descent of the Holy Spirit, St. Sophia of Kyiv
How long until Orthodox Pentecost Monday?
|This holiday next takes place in 5 Days.|
Dates of Whit Monday
Who observes Orthodox Pentecost Monday?
|Orthodox Pentecost Monday or Holy Spirit Monday is observed fifty days after Orthodox Easter|
Orthodox Pentecost Monday, also known as Holy Spirit Monday, is observed fifty days (approx. seven weeks) after Orthodox Easter.
The date in the Orthodox church will differ from the Western church due to the different methods of calculating the date of Easter.
The earliest day that Orthodox Pentecost Monday can fall is 25 May and the latest date is 27 June.
Orthodox Pentecost Sunday is also known as 'Kneeling Sunday', as it is tradition not to kneel during prayers in church from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday.
Orthodox Pentecost marks the end of the Easter cycle, that began 92 days ago with Orthodox Shrove Monday.
Pentecost Sunday commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament in Acts, 2.
The Holy Spirit allowed the apostles to speak in other languages, and they started preaching the word of Jesus to the Jews who come to Jerusalem for the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost). Many Christians recognize this event as the birth of the Church.
The following day, Pentecost Monday, is celebrated as a holiday in some East European counties.