The Outpouring of the Spirit

The story of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit camAbstract Pranayamae upon the followers of Jesus Christ, is told in the Book of Acts, chapter 2. On that day, says Scripture, “they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability” (Acts 2:1-4). In the Episcopal Church, Pentecost was celebrated this year on May 19.

The day had been foretold by the prophet Joel who spoke of a day of reconciliation between God and his people. On that day, the Lord declares,
“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions” (2:28).

The Spring/summer 2013 issue of Reflections magazine explores this Holy Spirit whom the Church understands to be the third Person of the Trinity. But no words can adequately capture the Spirit. As all of the writers of this issue discovered, the Spirit can’t be described or defined; he can only be experienced.

We will spend several weeks this summer exploring that experience of the Holy Spirit, limited though we are by human language.

We begin with a link to the Spring/summer 2013 issue of Reflections where you can read the entire magazine or individual articles (click here).

Articles are also available under the topic “The Holy Spirit” in the list of pages in the right column.

We invite you to respond to the articles, spend some time with your own reflections, or start a conversation by leaving your comments.

We welcome your thoughts and your own experiences of the Holy Spirit.

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Marjorie George, editor, marjorie for web