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SPIRITUAL COMMUNION FOR PENTECOST



As did the Apostles,

with Mary, the Mother of Jesus

persevere in prayer in that Upper Room

on the feast of Pentecost, awaiting the Spirit promised by the Lord; let us, too, listen with quiet hearts to the Word of God, praying that the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sent

as the first fruits for those who believe, may bring to perfection God's work in us and in the world.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

SAYING SORRY

Let us open our hearts to the Lord,

who has prepared good things

for those who love him.

A brief pause for silence follows

I confess to almighty God

that I have greatly sinned,

in my thoughts and in my words,

in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,

through my fault, through my fault,

through my most grievous fault;

therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,

and all the Angels and Saints,

to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.



THE GLORIA

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you, we bless you, we adore you,

we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory,

Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;

you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father,

have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

COLLECT FOR PENTECOST

O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


FIRST READING: Acts chapter 2:1-11

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’



RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Psalm 103(104):1,24,29-31,34

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the Lord, my soul!

Lord God, how great you are,

How many are your works, O Lord!

The earth is full of your riches.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

You take back your spirit, they die,

returning to the dust from which they came.

You send forth your spirit, they are created;

and you renew the face of the earth.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the Lord last for ever!

May the Lord rejoice in his works!

May my thoughts be pleasing to him.

I find my joy in the Lord.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia!

Gospel John 20:19-23

In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


Mary was the one in that Upper Room

with the longest memory.

She had had the treasure in her heart

and been pondering more than thirty years.

She knew her baby in a mother’s way.

She knew the growing boy.

She knew every bend in the road of his life, as it were.

She’d been there at the beginning,

when He turned water into wine.

She had noticed everything,

been baffled by many things,

hurt by some, other times so full of pride and delight. And she’d been at the foot of the Cross. At Pentecost, she’s there as memory.Her presence in that room was like an anchor for the others. Mary, the first believer, the first to show her Son to the world.


And she's still there, with her love for Him, this insight, this pride in her Son.

In the Church May is Mary’s month.

On Pentecost this year, the Holy Father has encouraged us to pray the Rosary today for the situation in which we are.

With Mary in our own upper rooms,

with Mary in the heart of the Church,

with Mary joyfully–remembering and waiting, let’s pray with her for the coming of the Spirit of God,

praying God’s care and love into the present pandemic.

I BELIEVE….

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

He ascended into heaven,

He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.



For the sick and infected, God, heal and help. Protect the elderly and those suffering from chronic disease. For the young and the strong, that they may have a commitment to take all necessary precautions to keep from unwittingly spreading the disease.

For our scientific community, those researching to understand the disease and communicate its gravity. God, give them knowledge and a persuasive voice. For the media, providing up-to-date information. Help them to communicate with appropriate seriousness without causing panic.

For those with mental health challenges, who feel isolated, anxious and helpless; may they have every necessary support. For the homeless, protect them from disease that they may they find safety and shelter.

For business leaders having to make difficult decisions affecting the lives of their employees. Grant them wisdom, and help them to lead self-sacrificially.

For workers in a variety of industries facing lay-offs and financial hardship because of this pandemic. For families with young children at home; for parents who cannot stay home from work but must find care for their children, that they may find creative solutions.

We ask Mary to pray with us, as we with her

bring our care for the situation in which we find ourselves

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,

blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now,

and at the hour of our death.

God of loving care, may the boldness of your Spirit transform us, may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us, and may the gifts of your Spirit equip us to serve and worship you now and always.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

This is holy space

God is here - you are welcome

This is your space to be with God And God's space to be with you

Make yourself at home

Be yourself

Be real

There's no rush

Let God love you

Let God know you

Let God heal you

Let God speak to you

Receive from God

Commune with God…..

Sit for a moment in silence

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God;

It is right and just. It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For, bringing your Paschal Mystery to completion, you bestowed the Holy Spirit today on those you made your adopted children by uniting them to your Only Begotten Son. This same Spirit, as the Church came to birth, opened to all peoples the knowledge of God and brought together the many languages of the earth in profession of the one faith. Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.



At the Saviour’s command

and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,

graciously grant peace in our days,

that, by the help of your mercy,

we may be always free from sin

and safe from all distress,

as we await the blessed hope

and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,

look not on our sins,

but on the faith of your Church,

and graciously grant her peace and unity

in accordance with your will.

Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.



Time to sit quietly to receive the Lord’s Presence spiritually.

“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.


I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.


Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.


I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.


Never permit me to be separated

from You,”


“To find oneself confronted by a piece of bread, and then to be told that this is the presence of Jesus, involves an act of faith: reason is inadequate.

This sign of bread both conceals and points to the presence of Jesus; it is Jesus himself, Son of God and Son of Mary, Jesus of Bethlehem, of Nazareth, of the Last Supper,Jesus of Calvary, Jesus of the Resurrection; Jesus – the same yesterday, today and the same for ever.Jesus, the Bread – the Window that opens on to the invisible.”


Carlo Carretto –

"In Search of the Beyond”

BLESSING

Be present, Spirit of God, within us,

Your dwelling place and home,

That the place in which you dwell within us

may be one where –

All darkness is penetrated by your light,

All troubles are calmed by your peace,

All evil is redeemed by your love,

All pain is transformed in your suffering,

And all things are redeemed in your risen life;

and may God’s blessing be upon us,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

and freely move between us.


THE REGINA CAELI

Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven! Alleluia. He whom thou wast meet to bear, alleluia. As he promised, hath arisen, alleluia. Pour for us to him thy prayer, alleluia.

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

O God, who through the resurrection

of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ

didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world:grant, we beseech thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary,

we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.

Through Christ our Lord.


Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God!


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