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, 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 saved.'"
REFRAIN Send forth your
Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
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 LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS
We know that the whole
creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only
the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the
Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption
of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is
not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what
we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit
helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we
ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for
words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of
the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according
to the will of God.
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.