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Special Worship Aid: Pentecost Sunday
June 5, 2022 

Below are the Mass Readings and Prayers for the Pentecost Sunday Mass.  Please click here for a pdf version. 

Lector:  Our first reading is a reading from the Book of Acts.

 

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they all met in one room. Suddenly they heard what sounded like a violent rushing wind from heaven; the noise filled the entire house in which they were sitting.  Something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; the tongues separated and came to rest on the head of each one.  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them.  

Now there were devout Jews living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven.  And at this sound, they all assembled.  But they were bewildered to hear their native languages being spoke. Amazed and astonished, they said, “Sure all of these people speaking are Galileans!  How does it happen that each of us hears these words in our native tongue?  We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya around Cyrene, as well as visitors from Rome.  All Jews or converts to Judaism…Cretans and Arabs, too.  We hear them preaching, each in our own languages, about the marvels and deeds of God!”

 

Lector:  Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People Respond:  Thanks be to God.

Lector:  Our second reading is a reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

 

I want you to understand that no one can say “Jesus reigns supreme” except by the Holy Spirit.  There is a variety of gifts, but always the same Spirit.  There is a variety of ministries, but we serve the same God.  And there is a variety of outcomes, but the same God is working in all of them.  To each person is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. The body is one, even though it has many parts, all of the parts-- many though they are—are all a single body.  And so it is with Christ.  It was by one Spirit that all of us – whether we are Jews or Greeks, slaves or citizens— were baptized into one body.  And all of us have been given to drink of the one Spirit.

 

Lector:  Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People Respond:  Thanks be to God.

Pentecost Sequence

(Lector leads this, immediately after  2nd reading)

Responsorial Psalm

 

Lector: Yahweh, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

People Repeat:  Yahweh, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

 

Bless Yahweh, O my soul!

Yahweh, my God, how great you are indeed!

Clothed in majesty and glory,

And what variety you have created,

Arranging everything so wisely!

The earth is filled with your creativity!

People Repeat:  Yahweh, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

 

Hide your face; they are terrified.

Take away their breath; they die and return to dust.

Send back your breath; fresh life begins,

And you renew the face of the earth.

People Repeat:  Yahweh, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

 

Glory forever to Yahweh!

May you find joy in your creation!

May Yahweh pleased with my song,

for my gladness comes from God.

People Repeat:  Yahweh, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

 

Come, Holy Spirit,

And send forth from Heaven

a ray of Your holy light.

Come, O Spirit of the poor,

Come, O giver of gifts,

Come, O light of our hearts.

 

O best of comforters,

O sweet guest of the soul,

O sweet refreshment.

In labor, it is You who are rest.

In sweltering heat,

it is You who are the cool.

In tears,

it is You who are comfort.

 

O most blessed light,

Fill the core of our hearts.

Without Your presence,

nothing is in us -

nothing is harmless.

Cleanse us, O Spirit,

and water what is parched.

Heal what is wounded,

bend what is rigid.

Warm up what is frozen, and

straighten what is crooked.

 

Grant to Your faithful ones who

trust in You,

the sacred sevenfold gifts.

Grant the reward of virtue,

an exit of salvation,

and joy unending. 

 

Amen, Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation

 

Celebrant chants: Alleluia.

People Respond (with chant): Alleluia.

Celebrant:  Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.

People Respond (with chant): Alleluia.

Gospel

 

Celebrant:  Our God is with you.

People Respond:  And also with you.

Celebrant:  A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

People Respond:  Praise to you, Jesus the Christ.

 

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the One who sent me to give you another Advocate, another Helper to be with you forever.  Those who love me will be true to my word, and Abba God will love them; and we will come to them and make our home with them.  Those who do not love me do not keep my words.  Yet the message you hear is not mine.  It comes from my Father who sent me.  I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  The Advocate -- the Holy Spirit whom Abba God will send in my name -- will teach you in everything and will remind you of all that I have said to you.

 

Celebrant:  My friends, the Gospel of the Lord.

People Respond:  Praise to you, Jesus the Christ.

Prayers of the People

Lector:  Our response is “Come, Holy Spirit, come.”

 

For the universal Body of Christ: that the Holy Spirit will empower us to follow faithfully the One who teaches us to proclaim the Good News.  We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

For a renewal of the Gifts of the Spirit in our lives: that we may recognize and use the gifts we’ve received for the good of others and in the fulfillment of the mission of Jesus, We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

For a flourishing of the Fruits of the Spirit: that we may manifest love, joy, peace and patience in our lives.  We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

For a Spirit of forgiveness and a conversion of hearts:  that God will break the bonds of anger, resentments and retaliation that occupy our hearts and reveal new ways to resolve hurts and differences, while freeing us to forgive as He has forgiven us, We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

For a Spirit of Peace: that God will inspire leaders of nations engaged in war to renounce catastrophic destruction and heal their differences, We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

For an end to the COVID virus, that all who are ill, will be healed and comforted, and we ask for continued strength and protection for all emergency and healthcare workers, We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

For our sisters and brothers counted among the homeless and forgotten, for all who are alone in those life, and for those who have crossed from this life unmourned, We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

For the Spirit of life: that God will be merciful and give eternal life to all who are approaching death and to all who have died, especially those whose lives were claimed by COVID, and those whom we mourn due to mass violence and war, We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

 

We reverently pause to remember all who have asked for prayer and for each one of us to raise up our personal prayer intentions  [Lector, please count to 6], We Pray,

People Respond: Come, Holy Spirit, come.