Feature

Prayers for Pentecost

10/05/2012 5:20 pm

The descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and Mary at Pentecost. © Elizabeth Wang, radiantlight.org.uk

Sunday, 27 May 2012

At Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the Church which exists to evangelise.1 On this day, with the descent of the Holy Spirit, Christ's mission is completed. Every baptised person is invited to be a missionary, proclaiming their faith in God’s unconditional love and mercy, through prayer, word and action. The Solemnity reminds us to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit so that we are not only sustained in our Christian life, but also able to respond ever more generously to the call to evangelise.

Definition: A feast of the universal Church which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ, on the ancient Jewish festival called the "feast of weeks" or Pentecost (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10).

Prayer

Come, O Holy Ghost, the Lord and Lifegiver; take up Thy dwelling within my soul, and make of it Thy sacred temple.
Make me live by grace as an adopted son of God.
Pervade all the energies of my soul, and create in me a fountain of living water springing up into life everlasting.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, etc.

Source: catholicculture.org 

Pentecost Novena

Diocese of Northampton
Friday 18 May - Saturday 26 May 2012 (inclusive)

You may choose to say a novena to the Holy Spirit ending or starting on the Solemnity of Pentecost. A novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually as a prayer of petition but sometimes as a prayer of thanksgiving. As you pray, ask God to help you identify your gifts and talents, and to give you a new confidence to put them at the service of the mission of the Church.
 
The Northampton Diocesan Evangelisation Team, in partnership with others, is seeking to encourage simple prayer services around the Diocese during the nine days leading up to Pentecost. On each of the nine days of the novena the aim is that there will be at least one group praying this novena somewhere in the Diocese of Northampton.

The Novena begins on Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter - even though the Solemnity of the Ascension is transferred to the Seventh Sunday. This year therefore the Novena will take place between Friday 18 May and Saturday 26 May 2012 inclusive. Full information including a template for an order of service (which is given to help any parishes or prayer groups that would like to organise a prayer service as part of this Pentecost novena) is available from the Northampton Diocesan Evangelisation Team.

Contact

Alex Heath
Chair of the Diocesan Evangelisation Team
NORES
Holy Ghost RC Parish Centre
Westbourne Road
Luton
LU4 8JD

Tel: 01582 723312
Email: heath@nores.org.uk

Links

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (mp3)

Liturgy Office - May 2012

Liturgy Office - Pentecost Sunday

Footnote

 1Evangelii Nuntiandi 4

Image

The descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and Mary at Pentecost
© Elizabeth Wang, radiantlight.org.uk