SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A

PRIEST:    Today the Word of God begins to point us towards the coming Feast of Pentecost,  speaking as it does of the Spirit, the other Advocate who will stand with us and speak up for us.  As we approach this great Feast of the Spirit’s Power and Love and as we prepare for the Confirmation of our young people, let us all seek a deeper openness to the Spirit, to empower our community as a Parish in Mission here in the Inner City. Let us ask forgiveness for every way that we resist the Holy Spirit in our life and our Church…

READER:            The Spirit is wisdom …
                                 when we seek wisdom elsewhere,
                                 and do not listen to the voice of the Spirit…

                                                   LORD HAVE MERCY…

The Spirit is unity …
                                   for the times we have served division
                                   rather than unity by our separatism and arrogance
and our refusal to understand the other…

                                                   CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

The Spirit is love …
                                    when we have denied our love, our compassion,
                                    our forgiveness to another…

                                                   LORD HAVE MERCY…

PRIEST:            May our God who is all love
                              speak his Word of Mercy,
                              breath his Spirit of forgiveness,
                              and send us to be reconciliation
                             for one another and for our world,
                             to bring all creation to everlasting life…

                                                      AMEN!

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