Pentecost is dedicated to the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles on the fiftieth day after the resurrection of Jesus Christ (and on the tenth day after Ascension). WHEN the apostles were gathered together, suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and filled the whole house where they were. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2, 2-4).
Related article: Montyan: Property tax - is absurdOld Testament Trinity. XVI century. Church service on the day of Pentecost, except for special hymns and readings from Sacred Scripture, especially the different evening worship, which now follows immediately after the liturgy, and which are read with some kneeling prayers of St.compunctionate. Basil the Great. In these prayers, the Church prays to God for the gift of Triipostasnomu all of us the Spirit of grace and bounty, and the propagation of His mercy on all of our needs - physical and spiritual, earthly and heavenly, temporal and eternal, not extending them to live alone but also on the dead.
On the day of the Eastern Church of the Trinity is used to decorate churches pious God and their homes verdant branches and flowers.
There are two versions of this tradition:
This custom came from the Jewish Church, in which Jews, in memory of the Sinaitic legislation, the former under the open sky, among the surrounding verdant nature, and a synagogue decorated their houses and tree branches littered the floor with grass and flowers. The green branches and flowers bloom, as the beginnings of spring renewing, recalling on Sinai and the event descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, should work together to serve the living sign and an expression of joy and gratitude to God Zizhditelyu acceptable to rescue people from the renewal of nature and plenty of updated fields daruyuschemu all for fullness of life.
This custom is an echo of the custom associated with the Slavic spring holiday - the mermaid week, or "green Christmas time." Pounded at home and arranged the branches of birch trees, in addition, selected birch wood, which was decorated and solemnly brought into the village. From tree to perform many rituals - its "twisted" (ie, observed), bending to the ground, "curled", bending the ends of the branches in the ring, under a tree, drove around them, wondered at marriage, love playing games content. The girls put on their heads garlands of flowers and birch trees felled travy.Inogda after the ceremony and threw in Rye, "for growth." VJ Propp writes that the meaning of this rite is to transfer energy to the growth of young trees and the earth people, to the ground and people are more powerful, energetic, fruitful.