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In many parishes, this service is done immediately after the Liturgy.

First of all, it is fully acceptable (even preferable) to stand for the entire service.

The hymns O Heavenly King and We have seen the True Light are sung for the first time since Easter, calling the Holy Spirit to "come and abide in us," and proclaiming that "we have received the heavenly Spirit." An extraordinary service called the Kneeling Vespers, is observed on the evening of Pentecost.

This is a Vespers service to which are added three sets of long poetical prayers, the composition of Saint Basil the Great, during which everyone makes a full prostration, touching their foreheads to the floor (prostrations in church having been forbidden from the day of Pascha (Easter) up to this point).

This icon is used with the traditional Pentecost icon.

The church building is decorated with flowers and the green leaves of the summer to show that God's divine breath comes to renew all creation. In many parishes the feast is celebrated starting the evening before with Great Vespers.

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Pentecost (also called Trinity Day or Descent of the Holy Spirit) is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated fifty days after Pascha (thus always falling on a Sunday, this year: June 16, 2019, next year: June 7, 2020, and June 20, 2021, the year after that.) Fifty days after the Resurrection, on the excising Jewish feast of Pentecost, while the disciples and many other followers of Jesus Christ were gathered together to pray, the Holy Spirit descended upon them in the form of "cloven tongues of fire," with the sound of a mighty rushing wind, and they began to speak in languages that they did not know.