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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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PRAYER ON PENTECOST

May the gentle grace of your Spirit refresh us in our weariness.
V. Lord, hear us.
R. Lord, graciously hear us.

May the power of your Spirit confirm us in the way of your Son.
V. Lord, hear us.
R. Lord, graciously hear us.

Our Father…

Let us pray: O God, on this day you taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant that by the gift of the same Holy Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

 

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OUR LORD, RETURNING WHENCE HE CAME (HYMN)

Our Lord, returning whence he came,
Above the starry skies ascends;
And now the Father’s promised gift,
The Holy Spirit, to us sends.

The joy which fills their inmost hearts
Is nourished by the Spirit’s flame;
In many tongues God’s wondrous works
Th’ Apostles fearlessly proclaim.

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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PENTECOST, BIBLE READING II

(1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13)

IN THE ONE SPIRIT WE WERE ALL BAPTISED.

No one can say, “Jesus is Lord” unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose.

Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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