Posted by: liturgicalyear | May 23, 2010

Pentecost has arrived! Praise the Lord!

On this feast of Pentecost, we thank you, Lord,  for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the gift of the Church.

We pray, O Lord, for a deep renewal of our baptismal promises to reject Satan and all his empty works and all his empty promises. 

We renew our commitment to make disciples of all the nations and to be faithful to gospel. 

You transformed the apostles & disciples from a frightened group of followers to people who died to witness to your Truth.  Help us to grown in holy boldness to bring your light & love to this dark and cold world. 

Bless Your Church and help all to grow in holiness.  Strengthen Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, and all the bishops in communion with Him.  Give courage and hope to all priests and religious who serve Your body, the Church.  Sustain and guide the laity to grow in obedience and faithfulness to your call.

Protect our nation and help us to turn back to you by stirring up the Truth in all men’s hearts.

O Lord, we thank you for sending us the Spirit so that your promise would be fulfilled:  “…I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20).  Help us to know that you are always with us and give us the grace to call on you and in all circumstances.

We pray for the courage to follow your words from St. Paul (1Thess 5:16-24):

Rejoice always.

Pray without ceasing.

In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit.

Do not despise prophetic utterances.

Test everything; retain what is good.

Refrain from every kind of evil.

May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.   O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 May the Joy of the Lord be our strength,  Anne

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