This is the third volume in the series of lectures by Rudolf Steiner
published under the title, The Festivals and their Meaning.
In the Councils of the undivided Church from the fourth to the ninth
centuries, Christian thinkers wrestled with the theology of the Father
and the Son, but the Church has never arrived at a theology of the
Holy Spirit. To this Rudolf Steiner makes a profound contribution in
these lectures, by linking together the three great Christian
Festivals, Christmas, Easter, and Whitsun. He thereby shows Whitsun as
the completion of the great redemptive work of Christ, a completion
into which man could not enter in full consciousness until our present
age. In doing this he throws light upon the great truths of
Reincarnation and Karma in their relation to Christianity, and points
to the spiritual unity which can bring together East and West.
These lectures are full of spiritual teaching and inspiration, but in
some ways they are all the more difficult to grasp at first reading.
They repay a hundred-fold patient and deep meditation.