Electronic Prayer Book

Sunday Morning – Pentecost

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to 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 Consoler.
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

 

During Pentecost 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.

 
 
 

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him. Halleluia.

 
  • The Spirit of the Lord fills the world, Halleluia, is all embracing, and knows men’s utterance, Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind blowing, where they were sitting, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking of the wonderful works of God, Halleluia, Halleluia.

 

  • God arises; His enemies are scattered, and those who hate Him flee before Him. Halleluia.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created; and You shall renew the face of the earth. Halleluia. Come O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Halleluia.

 

  • Confirm, O God, what You have wrought in us; from Your temple, which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer gifts to You, Halleluia.
 
 
 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God.
 

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

 

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

 

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.

 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.

Happy are the blameless in life’s way, who will walk in the law of the Lord.

Happy are those who observe his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart.

Who do no wrong, but walk in his ways.

You have given us your precepts to be zealousy observed.

O that my conduct may be steadfast in observing your statutes.

Then I shall not be put to shame when I have regard for all your commandments.

How can a youth lead a pure life? By heeding your words

 

I seek you with all my heart; let me not wander from your commandments.

I treasure your word in my heart, that I may not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes…

 

I will meditate on your precepts, I will regard your ways.

I will take pleasure in your statutes: I will not forget your words.

 

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 — St. John 14: 23 — 31

 

Taken from the discourse after the Last Supper, the Gospel of Pentecost
is one of the loveliest passages in Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Spirit’s mission.

 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “If anyone love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me, does not keep My words. And the word that you have heard is not Mine, but the Father’s Who sent Me. These things have I spoken to you while yet dwelling with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your mind whatever I have said to you. Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled or be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, “I go away and I am coming to you”. If you loved Me, you would indeed rejoice that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that when it has come to pass you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you for the Prince of the world is coming, and in Me he has nothing. But he comes that the world may know that I love the Father, and that I do as the Father has commanded Me.”

 
 
Press here for commentary on the above reading.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Hymn for Morning

 

Christ had now ascended to the heaven He had left, to send the Holy Spirit who was to be received as the Father’s gift.

The day appointed was now at hand that would mark the beginning of the age of blessedness, for the cycle of seven days had revolved in the holy number of seven.

When suddenly at the third hour of the day (1) a mighty sound is heard on earth, telling the Apostles at prayer that God had come.

From the Father’s light there comes the kindly, gracious fire of love to fill with burning eloquence those that believed in Christ.

And then, their hearts filled with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, rejoice, speak in different tongues and tell of God’s wonders.

They are understood by men from all parts, whether civilised (Greek or Latin) or not, as they speak, to the universal astonishment of those present, in their respective languages.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, forever and ever. Amen.

(1) Third hour of the day — The Roman day started at 6 a.m.
Thus the third hour of daytime is 9 a.m.

 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them, Halleluia.

   
       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

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.

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

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.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
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, 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