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Sunday of the (local church) saints: link
The Descent of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to rise above our fallen state and to attain sainthood, thereby fulfilling God's directive to "be holy, for I am holy" (Lev. 11:44, 1 Peter 1:16, etc.). Therefore, it is fitting to commemorate All Saints on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
==Sunday of the (local church) saints==
On the second Sunday after Pentecost, each [[List of autocephalous and autonomous Churches|local Orthodox Church ]] commemorates all the saints, known and unknown, who have shone forth in its territory.
Saints of all times, and in every country are seen as the fulfillment of God's promise to redeem fallen humanity. Their example encourages us to "lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us" and to "run with patience the race that is set before us" ([[Book of Hebrews |Hebrews]] 12:1).

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