In the Icon, 12 year-old Jesus is teaching in the Synagogue. This Feast has as it’s theme Christ the Teacher. In the Gospel for the day, “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught…Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:14-30.
Mid-Pentecost is a one-week feast which begins on the 4th Wednesday of Pascha, and continues until the following Wednesday. That is to say, it has an Afterfeast of seven days. Throughout these eight days (including the day of the feast) hymns of Mid-Pentecost are joined to those of the Paschal season. Many of the hymns from the first day of the feast are repeated on the Apodosis (leave-taking of the feast). Although it is ranked as a Feast of the Lord and has an Afterfeast, Mid-Pentecost itself is not considered to be one of the Great Feasts of the church year.
We quietly celebrated at home with a dinner of some tilapia with a wine sauce.
Mid-Pentecost is the “half-way point” in the journey from Pascha to Pentecost (hence the name “Mid-Pentecost”). We await the promise of the Holy Spirit, just as the disciples of Jesus Christ awaited in those days.
In today’s Troparion, Jesus speaks to us directly: “At the mid-point of the Feast, O Saviour, water my thirsty soul with streams of true devotion; for Thou cried out to all, ‘Any who thirst, let them come to Me, and let them drink!’ O Source of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!”
When this hymn mentions “the Feast,” it is in reference to Pentecost. We pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to give us that spiritual drink, to stop the thirst in our soul and to be quenched with His Goodness. We are assured of this by Christ Himself, when He says, “Any who thirst, let them come to Me, and let them drink!” (John 7:37) Jesus is the Source of life; with Him, we can go “from glory to glory.” We will find this exact same message the following Sunday.
From: the website of The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada)
While this is not one of the “Great Feasts,” it is significant in the life of the Church.