DAY OF PENTECOST
Almighty and everliving God,
who fulfilled the promises of Easter
by sending us your Holy Spirit
and opening to every race and nation
the way of life eternal,
keep us in the unity of your Spirit,
that every tongue may tell of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the
spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it
was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many
lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me,
"Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord
God, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these
bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to
enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will
cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put
breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am
the Lord." So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I
prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones
came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews
on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them;
but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me,
"Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the
breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O
breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I
prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and
they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. Then he
said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of
Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost;
we are cut off completely.' Therefore prophesy, and say to them,
Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring
you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to
the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I
open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.
I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will
place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord,
have spoken and will act," says the Lord.
REFRAIN Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the
Lord, how manifold are your works! in wisdom you have made them
all; the earth is full of your creatures.
is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to
number, creatures both small and great. R
move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, which you have made
for the sport of it.
of them look to you to give them their food in due season.
give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are
filled with good things. R
hide your face, and they are terrified; you take away their
breath, and they die and return to their dust.
send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the
face of the earth. R
the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in all
his works. He looks at the earth and it trembles; he touches the
mountains and they smoke. R
will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will praise my God
while I have my being.
these words of mine please him; I will rejoice in the Lord.
PSALM 104:25-35, 37B
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
When the day of Pentecost had come, the apostles were all together
in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the
rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they
were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them,
and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with
the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the
Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every
nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the
crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them
speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished,
they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native
language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of
Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and
Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and
visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs in
our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of
power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another,
"What does this mean?" But others sneered and said,
"They are filled with new wine." But Peter, standing
with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of
Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and
listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose,
for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was
spoken through the prophet Joel: 'In the last days it will be, God
declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your
sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall
see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my
slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my
Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the
heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and
smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to
blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said to the disciples, "When the Advocate comes, whom I
will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes
from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to
testify because you have been with me from the beginning. I did
not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with
you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks
me, 'Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to
you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the
truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go
away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send
him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about
sin and righteousness and judgement: about sin, because they do
not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the
Father and you will see me no longer; about judgement, because the
ruler of this world has been condemned. I still have many things
to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of
truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not
speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will
declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me,
because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that
the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take
what is mine and declare it to you."
JOHN 15:26-27, 16:4B15
OVER THE GIFTS
Giver of life,
receive all we offer you this day.
Let the Spirit you bestow on your Church
continue to work in the world
through the hearts of all who believe.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
may we who have received this eucharist
live in the unity of your Holy Spirit,
that we may show forth his gifts to all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.