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 ACTS
When the day of Pentecost had come, they 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 saved.'"
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
looks at the earth and it trembles; he touches the mountains and
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.
the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah! R
PSALM 104:25-35, 37
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
No one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy
Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and
there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are
varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all
of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the
Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the
utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge
according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit,
to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the
working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the
discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to
another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by
one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just
as the Spirit chooses. For just as the body is one and has many
members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one
body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all
baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and we
were all made to drink of one Spirit.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and
the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for
fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said,
"Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them
his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw
the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As
the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said
this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy
Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if
you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
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.