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Saturday Evening – Pentecost

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Halleluia.

 
 

Introduction

 

The gift of the Spirit in Messianic times was foretold by the prophets; the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles is the beginning of this new era. The Church is founded and Christ’s Holy Spirit given to her to “renew the face of the earth”.

The account in the Acts of the Apostles recalls the events of the Day of Pentecost: The descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the phenomena accompanying it, especially the miracle of tongues, a symbol of the apostles’ universal mission. All nations are called to hear the proclamation of the Good News.

With this presence of the Holy Spirit inspiring and directing the Church in her mission to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, there goes hand in hand a more intimate and personal presence making new men out of the disciples, who are transformed in their very being.

Jesus had frequently promised His disciples that He would send them another Advocate and Counsellor. The marvelous events which accompanied His arrival were signs of the far greater effects of grace He produces in the souls of those who receive Him. We pray with the Church: “Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of Your love.”

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

In Time After Easter the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal — 1962.)

Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 

Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.

 
  • When the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place, Halleluia.
 
  • The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world, Halleluia.

 

  • You springs and all water creatures, sing a hymn to God, Halleluia.
 
  • They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak, Halleluia, Halleluia.

 

  • The Apostles were speaking in various languages of the wonderful works of God, Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
 
 

From Psalm 144 [145]

Praise of God’s Great Goodness
 

 

I will extol you, my God, O king; I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation praises your works to another, and they declare your might.

They tell of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and proclaim your wonders.

And they speak oif the might of your tremendous deeds, and recount your greatness.

They proclaim the praise of your great goodness, and rejoice in your justice…

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

Psalm 133 [134]

Night Prayer

 

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

Lift up your hands toward the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

Reading — Acts 2: 1 — 11

 

Christ’s promise is fulfilled: the apostles receive the Holy Spirit;
strengthened by His help, they will preach the Gospel and
bear witness to Christ to the very ends of the earth.

 

When the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak. Now there were staying in Jerusalem devout Jews, from every nation under heaven. And when the sound was heard the multitude gathered and were bewildered in mind, because each heard them speaking in his own language. But they were all amazed and marvelled saying, “Behold are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how have we heard each his own language in which he was born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphilia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, Jews also and proselytes. Cretens and Arabians, we have heard them speaking in our own languages of the wonderful works of God.”

 
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Nine Days of Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 

A ‘novena’ [from the Latin 'novem', meaning 9] is nine days of prayer,
waiting on the Lord, based on the model of the first disciples who prayed
in common for 9 days culminating in the coming of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1: 12 — 2: 5).

Day Nine of Novena

 

To The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Jesus by whom he was anointed at his baptism by John, and by whom his Body which is the Church was anointed with Pentecostal fire, come down upon the Church and upon all who have been consecrated to you — all who in baptism received you, all who in confirmation were sealed by you, all who by priesthood have been set aside by you for the service God and of men.

Renew in us all the graces by which we have been sanctified, washed clean of our sins, and made temples of your indwelling.

Let us no longer grieve you by our faithlessness or indifference, but rather filled with your fire, let us love you with that love which is poured abroad in our hearts by your coming to us. Amen.

From “Devotions to the Holy Spirit,” by Brian Moore, S.J.
Published by St. Paul Publications 1976.
Used with permission.

 

 

Hymn for Evening

 
 

Come Holy Spirit, God of Love! From Your bright heavenly Home Rays of healing light impart.

Come, Father of the poor, Source of gifts that will endure Light of every human heart.

You of all consolers best, Of the soul most kindly Guest, Bracing courage do bestow

In hard labour You are rest, In the heat refreshing best, Solace giving in our woe.

O most blessed light divine, Let Your radiance in us shine, And our inmost being fill.

 

Nothing good by man is thought, Nothing right by him is wrought, When he spurns Your gracious Will.

Cleanse our souls from sinful stain, Bless our dryness with Your rain, Heal our wounds and mend our way.

Bend the stubborn heart and will, Melt the frozen, warm the chill, Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful who in You, Trust with childlike piety, Deign Your sevenfold gifts to send.

Give them virtues rich increase, Saving grace to die in peace, Give them joys that never end. Amen. Halleluia.

Prayer: Cleanse My Heart.

 

 

 

Mary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 46 — 55

 

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 41 — 45), acclaimed Mary, warmly with the words: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” — to which Mary replied in her prophetic hymn.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

Today the feast of Pentecost has come, Halleluia. Today the Holy Spirit appeared to the disciples in the form of fire and gave them charismatic gifts; He sent them into the whole world to preach and bear witness: “He who believes and is baptised shall be saved, Halleluia!”

   
       

My soul magnifies the Lord.

And my spirit rejoices in God my saviour,

Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,

Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear him. — He has shown might with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. — the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent empty away. -

He has given help to Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.

(As he promised our fathers) towards Abraham and his descendants forever.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

       
     
Antiphon

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

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.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Pentecost Octave Evening Prayer

 
 

O God, to whom every heart is open,
every desire known and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
so that we may perfectly love You and worthily praise Your holy name.

 

Let us Pray

O God, Who on this day by the light of the Holy Spirit taught the hearts of the faithful, grant us by the same Spirit to relish what is right, and always to rejoice in His comfort. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.
Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions During Ordinary Time | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection