Prayer for the Day of Pentecost

(Illustration: a page from the Gospel Lectionary portion of the Bamberg Apocalypse)

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

Pentecost Marshmellow?

Pentecost marshmellow

Beware: this is only for those who have a sense of humour.

Pentecost

Pentecost ikon - Giotto
Giotto – Pentecost

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.

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The Spirit of Pentecost

 

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.

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St Augustine – A Prayer for Pentecost

Pentecost – Coptic ikon (source, HERE)

Breathe in me, O, Holy Spirit
that my thoughts may all be holy;

Act in me, O, Holy Spirit
that my works, too, may be holy; Continue reading “St Augustine – A Prayer for Pentecost”

St. Symeon the New Theologian – Prayer to the Holy Spirit

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.

Continue reading “St. Symeon the New Theologian – Prayer to the Holy Spirit”

Message of the presidents of the WCC at Pentecost 2010

“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.

Jesus’ disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit that first Pentecost because they were waiting for it in trust. They were gathered together waiting, confident in God’s promise. Continue reading “Message of the presidents of the WCC at Pentecost 2010”