Today, May 6, in the Byzantine Church following the Gregorian calendar, it is the feast of half-Pentecost (half of the Pascal Time). Now is the time to think about what gift of the Holy Spirit you are going to ask for (there are 7).
Let’s attend to the Gospel text of today (John 7: 14-30):
verse: 14: We were already in the middle of the week of the feast when Jesus went up to the Temple; and there he was teaching.
verse 15: The Jews were astonished and said, “How is he educated without studying?”
verse 16: Jesus answered them, ” My teaching is not from me, but from Him who sent me.
verse 17: Does anyone want to do the will of God, he will know if this teaching comes from God, or if I speak on my own initiative.”
In the midst of the feast, bless my soul thirsty from the waters of piety, / for, O Savior, You have claimed to all: / He who is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. // Source of our life, O Christ God, glory to you.
In the midst of the feast required by law, / Creator and master of all things, / You said to those who stood by you: / Come and tap the water of immortality. / Therefore we stand before you and say with faith: / Grant us your compassion, O Christ God, // For You are the source of our life.