The Orthodox Church commemorates today, Monday of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. “[I believe] in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, who gives life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified […]”
In the Holy Trinity, there are three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit proceeds eternally from the Father beyond the limits of time. He descended into the world on the day of Pentecost, as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Son and the Word of God. According to the Credo, these three Persons are united indivisibly and without confusion. We therefore worship the Holy Spirit in the same way that we worship the Father and the Son.
Saint John Chrysostom said: “The gifts of the Holy Spirit go beyond human reason. So let’s all rejoice together and worship our Lord. It’s a party and a celebration for us today. We recently commemorated the Cross, the Passion, the Resurrection and then the Ascension of Jesus Christ. It’s the feast of feasts today; The fulfillment of the promises of the Lord.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we washed away sin and our souls became pure. We were human beings, but now we are angels. Our nature did not change, we maintained our human nature through which we were able to obtain the characteristics of an angel.
This week is dedicated to the Holy Spirit, and therefore we do not have to fast on Wednesday and Friday.
Thus, the faithful learn that fasting is not a goal that they must achieve, but a means of living an ascetic life, of self-mastery and of reflecting on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Source: Church of Cyprus