Easter experience and liturgy

“The wind blows where it wants and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3, 6). St. John tells us that no one can possess the Holy Spirit, it is only possible to possess it. We can recognize him in his works and in the liturgical works.

When a council meets, the principal representatives are not only those who come to recite or sing the Our Father together; When an adult asks for baptism, and answers yes to the question Do you believe; When the servant of the Church says to the penitent “I absolve you of your sins …” in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; We soon realize that the main prayers are not those that we see and hear, but that the Holy Spirit distinguishes him, young or adult.

In any age when we receive our first Christian education, we learn to recognize the presence of Jesus Christ in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist. The sacraments are established by Jesus Christ, but the celebration is impregnated by the Holy Spirit, everything is his work, everything is the gift of the Spirit.

The great Doctor of the Eastern Church, Saint Basil of Caesarea of ​​Cappadocia, wrote in the fourth century a “Letter on the Holy Spirit.” We must believe, he says, “as we were baptized,” baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and striving for faith in this Trinitarian faith, existing and accepted in baptism, in the sacrament of faith. At that time, as still today, one was never baptized without being confirmed and receiving the Eucharist at the same time. St. Basil wanted to assure that our faith and our entire Christian life would grow under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, through the gestures of anointing with oil, laying on of hands, and feeding with Eucharistic bread. This still happens today with those who have been baptized at the age of twenty, thirty or more, they are our exorcists who seek meaning for their Christian lives in the Gospel, in faith in Jesus Christ and in the Church. One cannot be a Christian without the gift of the Holy Spirit. To live as a Christian, you must be drawn to Jesus Christ, but also marked by the seal of the Spirit. Baptism and Confirmation are not repeated, but are performed once and for all, while the Eucharist repeats and invites us to receive it every Sunday, when we meet at Sunday Mass with our brothers and sisters.

The power of the Holy Spirit is also manifested in the life of a Christian, enlightening his activities and inspiring his love, because “God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has given us,” writes Saint Paul. In his letter to the Romans (Romans 5-5).

Priests are considered servants of Jesus Christ and participate in his priesthood, but it is seldom said that they act by the power of the Spirit that makes them priests and not by their own will. At the ordination of the bishop, it is prayed thus: “Now, Lord, send upon this chosen one the power that comes from you, the sovereign spirit which you have given to your beloved son Jesus Christ, which he gave to the beloved. The holy apostles who founded the Church throughout the world. Apart for your temple, for the eternal glory and praise of your name.” The bishop receives through prayer and the laying on of hands the gift of the Spirit, that very gift that God bestowed upon his beloved Son, and which the apostles were told to establish the Church.

At the ordination of priests the bishop entreats: “We ask you, Almighty Father, to make these your servants the dignity of priests, and to renew in their hearts the spirit of holiness. Obtain, O God, the second degree of monasticism that emanates from you, and let your life be an example to all.” “Regeneration” is a reference to baptism and confirmation, and is a way of appropriating the baptismal blessing offered to each Christian.

Bishop Ignatius of Latachi writes: “How does the event of Easter, which happened once and for all, become our event today? It is precisely through who was its Maker from the beginning and in the fullness of time, the Holy Spirit. He personally is the new working in the world: he is the presence of God with us, and he is testify to our spirits” (Romans 8:16).

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