Pentecost – 31 May


Today, Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles in Jerusalem, and the Church was formed.

We receive the Holy Spirit throughout our lives, especially at our Baptism, when we are received into the Church, and again in our Confirmation receiving the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.)

We need to thank God for these wonderful free gifts that He has given to us. We need to pray and Bless His Holy Name, in thanksgiving and honour.
“Bless the Lord my soul, and bless God’s holy name.
Bless the Lord my soul, who leads me in to life.”
Verse from Taize hymn. Ps 103 (104)
(See YouTube clip of Taize chant)

God loves us so much, that He sent down his only son, Our Lord Jesus Christ to be sacrificed for all mankind on a cross, to wipe away the sins of the world. In order to conquer death, and give us life everlasting with Him in Heaven.

This is God’s steadfast love (in Hebrew – hesed). God’s loving kindness.

Jesus is now ascended into Heaven and is seated at God’s right hand, preparing a place for us, with him.

He sent down the Holy Spirit on His Holy Church at Pentecost, making it flourish and fruitful in faith, love and charity. To make us a Christian community fitting to be called the ‘Body of Christ’.

Remain in the Holy Spirit, remain in God’s love.
Praise and Bless the Holy Trinity, One God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Today is our birthday party, let us celebrate, with shouts of joy and singing God’s praises.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, who by the light of the Holy
Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in
the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever rejoice in
His consolation. Through Christ our Lord.
(Veni, Sancte Spiritus)