Journeying in the Faith – Pentecost

Pentecost Prayers

 

Pentecost

 

Introduction to Scripture

 

· The story of Pentecost follows on from the story of the Ascension- when Jesus returned to his Father in heaven.

· The coming of the Holy Spirit is an important point for Christians as it fulfilled a promise. Hundreds of years earlier, prophets, holy men, had predicted this. Ten days beforehand, at his Ascension, Jesus had told his friends to wait for the Holy Spirit – God’s Spirit.

· Throughout the Bible, flames are often a symbol of the presence of God, of God being with us, such as Moses and the burning bush. In this case they represent the Holy Spirit, who for Christians is “God in Action”.

· Wind was the symbol of power – in this story the Holy Spirit changes the disciples from frightened men into brave preachers – telling everyone they met about Jesus.

· The story takes place at Pentecost – a Jewish festival, fifty days after Passover. Pentecost is a harvest festival, when thanks are said for the wheat crop.

 

A reading from The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2: 1-5)

 

When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

 

The Word of the Lord

 

We celebrate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost Sunday, as on that day, the Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all of the languages that the Jews who were gathered there spoke. When the Holy Spirit came, the Apostles were granted the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which enabled them to fulfil their mission.

 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

These gifts help us today to lead a good Christian life:

v Wisdom

v Understanding

v Courage

v Right Judgement

v Knowledge

v Piety

v Reverence

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

If we let the Holy Spirit work through us, as God wants, then our gifts will bear fruit, and through those fruits, others will see the power of the Holy Spirit; they will see the good news of Jesus in action.

These are the fruits of the spirit –

– peace

– patience

– joy

– self-control

– gentleness

– faithfulness

– goodness

– kindness

– love

Do you share these fruits with others?

Have others shared these fruits with us?

Think of the times when you have been sad, lonely, worried, upset – has there been someone to comfort you, to look after you, to reassure you?

Say a quiet prayer to yourself thanking God for the gift of the spirit in others.

 

Prayers:

 

The response to “Come Holy Spirit” is “Fill our hearts so we can know God”

As we celebrate our great feast of Pentecost we pray for all Christians world wide; that they are allowed to be friends of Jesus and go to church without being sent to prison.

Come Holy Spirit

We pray for our church leaders; Pope Francis, our Bishop Philip and Father John, that they may share the message of Pentecost with all those they meet. May they be guided by the Holy Spirit’s gift of knowledge; knowing what God wants and so lead us in the right way.

Come Holy Spirit

May those who live the Church’s mission, spreading the Good News, receive the gift of courage, when facing challenge. Particularly we remember those working for CAFOD and aid agencies throughout the world.

Come Holy Spirit

We remember all those within our school family that are ill or sad. May they receive comfort from the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit

We remember those who we argue with on the playground. May the Holy Spirit send us wisdom and understanding – teaching us how to solve problems peacefully.

Come Holy Spirit

We turn to Our Lady, asking her to take these prayers and our own individual intentions to her son Jesus.

Hail Mary……

Lord God

Thank you for the special times we enjoy and look forward to. Help and encourage us when life is not easy.

May the flame of your love be kept alive in us today and always, through the gift of your Holy Spirit.

Amen