Skip to main content

The month of May is dominated by the feast of Pentecost, when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit. It is on this occasion that the Holy Spirit reveals Himself and thereby introduces humankind
to the third person of the Godhead. The self-revelation of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is concluded in the Pentecost event.

The first Sunday in May is one of the Sundays that lead up to Pentecost. The sermon will make reference to the prophecy of Joel, who promised that the Holy Spirit would be poured out. We can see from this that the Holy Spirit was not only of interest in the new covenant, but already in the old covenant as well. Joel promises that the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all human beings, not only
on kings and prophets.

The following Thursday, we celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ. Ascension Day reminds us that the Risen One has been exalted to the right hand of the Father. The Apostles are called as witnesses, not least because they are to draw attention to the fact that this event really transpired.

The second Sunday recalls Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit. Jesus speaks of Him as a Helper and Comforter and as the Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit reminds us of the words of Jesus and keeps them alive throughout the ages. The Holy Spirit also keeps our hope in Christ’s return alive.

On the third Sunday, we will celebrate Pentecost. The sermon will focus on the message that the teaching of the Apostles is the proclamation of the gospel of the death, resurrection, and return of Christ. The proclamation of this message occurs through the power of the Holy Spirit. Similarly, it is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that the teaching of the Apostles can become the basis for a Christian lifestyle and influence every aspect of it.

On the fourth Sunday of May, the Sunday after Pentecost, we observe Trinity Sunday. The divine service will emphasise our belief in the Trinity. Already in the Old Testament, we can find allusions to the trinity of God. Christian tradition understands the episode in which three men visited Abraham and promised him the birth of a son as a reference to the Trinity.