Readings and Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost

23rd May ~ The Feast of Pentecost

The Collect:  Almighty God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. All: Amen

The Epistle is written in the 2nd chapter of the Acts of the Holy Apostles:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God~fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs ~ we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great & glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”   This is the Word of the Lord  All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John :  All: Glory to You, O Lord

“When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you Now I am going to Him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement: in regard to sin, because people do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord:   All: Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Prayers

Loving God, we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit. We pray that we may be strengthened to serve you better. Lord, hear us. All: And fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit. Make us wise so that we may understand your will.

Lord, hear us. All: And fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit. Keep us confident of your love wherever you call us. Lord, hear us. All: And fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit. Bring wholeness where there is division, sickness and sorrow. Lay your healing hands upon . . . .

Lord, hear us.  All: And fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit. Equip us for the work which you have entrusted us to do.

Lord, hear us. All: And fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit. May our lives reflect the love and compassion of Jesus.

Lord, hear us.  All: And fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit, given to us by the risen Lord. Keep the whole Church, living and departed, in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, hear us.  All: And fill us with your Spirit.

May the Holy Spirit who set the Church on fire upon the Day of Pentecost, bring the world alive with the love of Christ today and always; we ask this through Jesus Christ our living Lord. All: Amen.