Saturday, 7 June 2014

Pentecost 2014

The following are some of the voices of Pentecost
to assist in your prayer and reflection

Dear brothers and sisters, we have now begun our Pentecost Vigil, after the example of the Apostles and disciples, who with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, persevered in prayer, awaiting the Spirit promised by the Lord; like them, let us, too, listen with quiet hearts to the Word of God. Let us meditate on how many great deeds God in times past did for his people and let us pray that the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sent as the first fruits for those who believe, may bring to perfection his work in the world. (from the Vigil Mass of Pentecost)

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. As Scripture says: Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me.” He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive. There was, of course, no Spirit yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Jn 7:37-39

 Brothers and sisters: No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Jn 20:21-23

The Spirit too helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in speech. He who searches hearts knows what the Spirit means, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints as God himself wills. Rom 8:26

We have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. With all who are baptized, let us give glory to the Lord, and ask him:
Lord Jesus, give us your Spirit to make us holy.

Send us your Holy Spirit,
– that we may acclaim you before the world as Lord and king.
Lord Jesus, give us your Spirit to make us holy.

Give us a sincere love,
– that the Church may be a loving family.
Lord Jesus, give us your Spirit to make us holy.

Give your life-giving grace to all the faithful,
– that they may receive with joy the gifts of the Spirit.
Lord Jesus, give us your Spirit to make us holy.

Give us the power of your Holy Spirit,
– to heal our wounds and make us strong.
Lord Jesus, give us your Spirit to make us holy.
                                        (Morning prayer, Pentecost)

O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in very people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Mass of Pentecost)

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