Pentecost Sunday Year A

Published on 31 May 2017
Illustrated capital showing Mary and the Apostles with a dove descending

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every 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. 

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak ... as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. First Reading, Acts 2: 1–11

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth. Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 103

The Disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you’ Gospel, John 20:19–23

‘As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.

Receive the Holy Spirit.’ Gospel, John 20:19–23

For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven. Gospel John 20:19–23

On this final day of Eastertide, we celebrate not only the coming of the Holy Spirit, but also the birth of the Church when the followers of Jesus went out to continue his mission.

Quietly and slowly I ask God’s Spirit to guide my prayer, and help me reflect on the images of the Holy Spirit.

Do I think of the Spirit in terms of wind and fire or in some other way? What is my favourite image?

What pictures do wind and fire conjure up in my mind? Gentleness or strength, warmth or burning heat?

In presence before God, I pray in ‘words beyond the power of speech’ thanking the ‘Father of light’ for the gift of his Spirit. I ask for his peace, and the grace to offer it to others who are in real need of it.