Spirit of life ALL: Fill our emptiness with your fullness Spirit of power ALL: Stir our hearts afresh Spirit of love ALL: Touch us, and through us, our neighbour Spirit of Creativity ALL: Enable and empower the gifts you have given Spirit of Eternity ALL: Draw us ever deeper into your Kingdom
Today, the Western Church celebrates the Pentecost, the foundation of the Church, the mystical Body of Christ, as the Holy Spirit descended over the apostles gather in the upper room in Jerusalem, according to the promise of the resurrected Christ, as he ascended into heaven.
This short film about Pentecost features the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and others talking about “the big bang of the Church” and its meaning today.
The film, made by Lambeth Palace, features Archbishop Justin; Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge; the Ven. Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich; and Holy Trinity Brompton’s Hayley Bisofsky.
Thanks to Southwark and Coventry Dioceses for pictures of Archbishop Justin’s prayer journey in March 2013.
Special thanks to Nick Clarke for assistance with editing.
Come, O true light! Come, O eternal life!
Come, O hidden mystery! Come, O indescribable treasure!
Come, O ineffable thing! Come, O inconceivable person!
Come, O endless delight! Come, O unsetting light!
Come, O true and fervent expectation
of all those who will be saved!
Come, O rising of those who lie down!
Come, O resurrection of the dead! Come, O powerful one,
who always creates and re-creates and transforms
by your will alone!
Come, O invisible and totally intangible and untouchable!
Come, O you who always remain immobile
and at each moment move all,
and come to us, who lie in Hades,
you who are above all heavens.
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
In 2010, this year just as at the time of the first Pentecost, Christians throughout the world, in their respective churches, will celebrate Pentecost in hundreds of different languages and will sing hymns in their own languages giving praise to the Lord.