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NOW CHRIST, ASCENDING WHENCE HE CAME (PENTECOST / WHITSUNDAY HYMN)

NOW CHRIST, ASCENDING WHENCE HE CAME (PENTECOST / WHITSUNDAY HYMN)

Now Christ, ascending whence he came,

Had mounted o’er the starry frame,

The Holy Spirit on man below,

The Father’s promise, to bestow.

 

The solemn time was drawing nigh,

Replete with heav’nly mystery,

On seven days’ sevenfold circles borne,

That first and blessed Whitsun-morn.

 

When the third hour shone all around,

Then came a rushing mighty sound,

And told the apostles, while in prayer,

That, as promised, God was there.

 

Forth from the Father’s light it came,

That beautiful and kindly Flame:

To fill with fervour of the Word

The spirits faithful to their Lord.

 

With joy the Apostles’ breasts are fired,

By God the Holy Spirit inspired:

And straight, in divers kinds of speech,

The wondrous works of God they preach.

 

To men of every race they speak,

Alike Barbarian, Roman, Greek:

From the same lips, with awe and fear,

All men their native accents hear.

 

But Juda’s sons, e’en faithless yet,

With mad infuriate rage beset,

To mock Christ’s followers combine,

As drunken all with new-made wine.

 

When lo! with signs and mighty deeds,

Stands Peter in the midst, and pleads;

Confounding their malignant lie

By Joel’s ancient prophecy.

 

To God the Father let us sing,

To God the Son, our risen King,

And equally let us adore

The Spirit, God forevermore.

Amen.

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THIS JOYFUL DAY, WITH GLADNESS FRAUGHT (PENTECOST HYMN)

THIS JOYFUL DAY, WITH GLADNESS FRAUGHT (PENTECOST HYMN)

This joyful day, with gladness fraught,

Again the circling year hath brought,

When bright o’er each apostle’s head,

The Spirit Paraclete was shed.

 

On each the fire, descending, stood

In quivering tongue’s similitude,

That eloquent their speech might be,

And fervent they in charity.

 

In varying tongues their God they praise;

The Gentiles listen in amaze:

Men mock, as if new wine had fired

The breasts God’s Spirit had inspired.

 

‘This here the mystic figures meet;

The fifty days are now complete,

The sacred number, which set free

The debtor, at the Jubilee.

 

O God of love, before thee now

Thy flock in supplication bow;

On us from heaven, in plenteous store,

The graces of thy Spirit pour.

 

And as their breasts, this festaltide,

By thy sweet gifts were sanctified;

Do thou, O Lord, our sins forgive,

And grant us thy peace to live.

 

To God the Father let us sing,

To God the Son, our risen King,

And equally let us adore

The Spirit, God forevermore.

Amen.

 

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THE HOLY SPIRIT CHANGED THE CARNAL MINDS – ON JOHN 14:23-31

THE HOLY SPIRIT CHANGED THE CARNAL MINDS – ON JOHN 14:23-31

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.” And so forth. John 14:23-31.

Homily of St Gregory, Pope

It would be well, beloved brethren, to consider briefly the words of the lesson from the Gospel, that afterwards we may have more time to spend on the consideration of this great festival [Pentecost]. Today the Holy Spirit, suddenly with a sound, came down on the disciples and changed their carnal minds, filling them with love for himself; and while outwardly fiery tongues appeared, inwardly their hearts were kindled into flame; for while they received the presence of God in the form of fire, the flames of his love engulfed them. The Holy Spirit himself is love, and so John says: “God is love.” He, then, that desires God with all his mind, in truth already possesses him whom he loves. Neither can anyone love God, if he does not possess him whom he loves.

The Holy Spirit is love

But behold, if anyone of you were asked whether he loved God, he would reply with confidence and conviction of mind: “I do.” But in the very beginning of this lesson you have heard what the Truth himself says: “If anyone love me, he will keep my word.” The test of love, then, is whether it is shown in works. And so in his epistle St John says again: “He who says, ‘I love God,’ and does not keep his commandments is a liar.” For then do we truly love God and keep his commandments, if we deny ourselves the gratification of our appetites. He who still abandons himself to unlawful desires, certainly does not love God, since of his own will he opposes him.

Preparing the house

“And my Father will love him, and we will come to him and will make our abode with him.” Consider, beloved brethren, what a great honour it is to have God coming into our hearts as a guest. Indeed, if some rich or powerful friend were entering our house, we should make all haste to have the house cleaned throughout, lest he should see something that would displease him. Let the one, then, who is preparing the house of his mind to receive God, cleanse it from all the filth of evil works. But mark what the Truth himself says: “We will come and make our abode with him.” For there are some, whose hearts he enters, but does not abide there. This is because, although they have been brought to acknowledge God on account of something that has pricked them with remorse, yet in time of temptation, they forget that very thing for which their conscience pricked them, and so they return to renew those offences as though they had never repented.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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WHAT IS THE PRINCIPLE OF LIFE, THE SECRET ORIGIN OF EXISTENCE?

One and the same unseen spiritual principle

“This then is the special glory of the Christian Church, that its members do not depend merely on what is visible, they are not mere stones of a building, piled one on another, and bound together from without, but they are one and all the births and manifestations of one and the same unseen spiritual principle or power, ‘living stones’, internally connected, as branches from a tree, not as parts of a heap. They are members of the Body of Christ. That divine and adorable form, which the Apostles saw and handled, after ascending into heaven became a principle of life, a secret origin of existence to all who believe, through the gracious ministration of the Holy Ghost… So that in a true sense it may be said, that from the day of Pentecost to this hour there has been in the Church but one Holy One, the King of kings, and Lord of lords himself, who is in all believers, and through whom they are what they are; their separate persons being but as separate developments, vessels, instruments, and works of him who is invisible.”

(Bl. John Henry Newman; from ‘We are members of Christ and members one of another’, P.S. IV, 170)

 

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“O HOLY SPIRIT, BELOVED OF MY SOUL”

O Holy Spirit,
beloved of my soul,
I adore you.
Enlighten me, guide me,
strengthen me, console me.
Tell me what
I should do; give
me your orders.
I promise to submit myself
to all that you desire of me
and to accept all
that you permit to happen to me.
Let me only know your will.
Amen.

 

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PENTECOST

O Mary, preferred Daughter of the Father, most holy Mother of our Saviour, Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit, our Lady of Pentecost, we consecrate ourselves to your maternal love and we consider you the perfect model of praising God, sanctity, and the missionary and evangelising spirit.

On the day of Pentecost, you, together with the apostles, were graced with the indescribable gift of the Holy Spirit. By the effusion of the same Spirit that we received the day we were baptised, help us be constantly faithful to the Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of Pentecost, pray for us who call on you.

 

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COME, O CREATOR SPIRIT BLEST! (HYMN)

Come, O Creator Spirit blest!
And in our souls take up your rest;
Come, with your grace and heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which you have made.

Our senses touch with light and fire;
Our hearts with charity inspire;
And, with endurance from on high,
The weakness of our flesh supply.

O Lord, to you be glory paid,
Who rose triumphant from the dead;
The Father and the Paraclete
With endless praise we likewise greet. Amen.

 

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