ACT OF DEDICATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT (Pentecost)

Priest Do you believe in the Creator Spirit given by the Father?

PEOPLE    We believe that God breathed the Spirit over the chaos
                       at the dawning of creation;
                       that the Spirit hovered over the dark waters and
                       brought forth Light and creation’s order and beauty.
… And so we will reverence all creation and
care for our earth and fragile environment.

Priest Do you believe in the Spirit of Love flowing from the Heart of Christ?

PEOPLE    We believe that God overshadowed Mary
                       so that Jesus’ flesh was conceived in the Holy Spirit;
                       that God anointed Jesus with the Spirit in the Jordan River
                       for a life of Loving Service of the Kingdom – of love in word and action;
                       and that from His broken Heart on the Cross
                       Jesus poured forth the Water of the Spirit upon all humankind
…. And so we will share the Mission of Christ,
                       welcome the Spirit’s Gifts and
                       work with Jesus in the Power of His Spirit for the Kingdom.

Priest Do you believe in the Spirit that unites us and leads us into all truth?

PEOPLE     We believe that from all eternity the Spirit
                         has united the Father and the Son in a Trinity of Love;
                         that the Spirit brought the Church to birth
                         in a ferment of Mission and Praise;
                         that the Spirit challenges the People of God in every age and place
                         to be the One Loving Body of Christ;
                         that the Spirit through the ages guides His People to proclaim
                         the Truth that is Christ with greater courage and deeper insight.
… And so we will seek the new ways of the Spirit
                         for the Church in our time;
                         to unite all God’s People that together we might Proclaim the Gospel
                         with a renewed Power to the world of the Third Millennium.

FEAST OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY

God is perfect Relationship – Love that creates, that both gives and receives, that shares and binds in perfect harmony ….  may the Church everywhere give witness to this creative love and unity, that all people might know their true identity and destiny.

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE
                                         [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is perfect harmony at the heart of creation …. We pray for greater respect and reverence for creation, that we will learn how to harvest the world’s resources without polluting and destroying God’s beautiful creation; we pray too for miracles of peace in our war-torn world, especially among the peoples of the Middle East, Sudan and Central Africa

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God is the community of equality that empowers the poor …. we pray for all people who are denied the basic necessities of life and for all refugees and those seeking safe asylum, in particular those who have fled because of their LGBT+ identity: may we safeguard their dignity, made in God’s Image and Likeness; for all political and Church leaders that they will work with honesty, integrity and commitment for justice and equality of opportunity for all.

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God is diversity in loving unity … we pray for all who have been wounded by the Church’s rejection of their identity and sexuality: may a new acceptance bring healing to the wounded as each person is empowered to offer the gift they are and the gifts they have to enrich the life and mission of God’s People

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God is Unity …. we pray for deeper bonds of friendship and unity between the Churches, in the service of the mission of the Gospel; may we also build together a greater ‘Fellowship of Believers’ as people of different world faiths seeking to build a democratic society of harmony

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God is a love that heals and protects … for the people of the Congo and Uganda, afflicted by the Ebola epidemic, for all medical staff working in those areas, especially those threatened by civil conflict in the Congo

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

God listens to our prayer, and knows our every need …. we pray all who are sick and housebound, for all who carry the wounds of rejection of who they are, and especially ….
For all who died recently, especially ….  and those killed in war, conflict and terror, especially in the Sudan, and the refugees who have perished in the waters of the Mediterranean: that they might see God face to face
and for all  whose anniversaries occurs at this time ….

                                         [reader:]                 GOD OF LOVE

Mary, beloved of the Father, dwelling place of the Word made Flesh, overshadowed by the Spirit, pray with us for harmony among all peoples…

HAIL MARY ….

Let us pray, contemplating the God of Love in a moment of silence….

                              

FEAST OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINTY

PRIEST: Having for months celebrated the great actions of God in Christ that bring us salvation and life, today we celebrate the being of God: not what God does, but Who God is! Today is a day for gazing with wonder, a day to contemplate the mystery of God Who is Love – always Love, never other than Love! And each one of us, without exception are made in the image and likeness of this God. Today we celebrate that there is such diversity in identity, creating such a profound harmony. So today we celebrate who we truly are and all that God wants us to become – a freedom for Love … like God! And yet we know we are not such love! Let us ask for mercy …

READER:       Father, you so loved the world You sent Your Only Son
not to condemn, but to save and to give Life:
Confidently we cry out to you ….  

                                                      LORD HAVE MERCY…

Eternal Word and Son, made flesh in the womb of Mary,
You came home into our humanity to set love free within us:
Confidently we cry out to you ….  

                                                      CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

Holy Spirit, love shared between the Father and the Son,
You are poured out into our hearts,
                              You flow through our lives into the world to renew the face of the earth
Confidently we cry out to you ….   

                                                      LORD HAVE MERCY…

PRIEST:           May the God whose best name is Love …
                              Be the Father who forgives us, the Brother who redeems us,
                              and the Loving Holy Spirit who gives us a new heart,
                              bringing us and all creation to everlasting life

                                                     AMEN!

Reflection upon Readings of the Vigil Mass of Pentecost

PENITENTIAL READING: Genesis 11: 1-9

The early chapters of the Book of Genesis speak both of the beauty and goodness of creation and how our sin disfigures that creation. They also trace how sin begins with the small act of self-will by Adam and Eve but grows to a level of destructiveness that engulfs all in the Flood. The story of Babel and its tower, which follows the end of the Flood, shows well how humanity has not learnt, and our continued self-will and rebelliousness leads even to the divine gift of language becoming a source of division rather than unity. On Pentecost Day, the nations are reunited in the Market Place by the Universal Tongue of faith … the Holy Spirit heals Babel’s babble of division into a new unity.

FIRST VIGIL READING: Exodus 19: 3-8. 16-20

Our God is the God of Covenant Love. From Noah and Abraham to Moses and Joshua,  God is binding the Divine Presence and Plan to the story of a People journeying in Faith. At Sinai the Covenant is witnessed in cloud, fire and storm. But this Covenant reaches its most intense expression as the the apostles, disciples and Mary experience the fullest outpouring of Love in the form of the Mighty Wind of Divine Energy and God’s Love being burned into the hearts and melting them into Unity in Pentecost’s Upper Room.  

SECOND VIGIL READING: Isaiah 61: 1-3, 6, 8-9

Jesus was to quote this wonderful Prophecy of Isaiah when he describes his own ministry in the Synagogue of Nazareth. It expresses not only his work in the world – raising up the poor, enlightening rich and poor alike when we are blind to each other plight, serving freedom and human rights everywhere – but also the work of every Christian, and every Christian community anointed by the Spirit. The Spirit seeks to renew and heal the face of the wounded earth and all its peoples – to bring about the endless Jubilee of justice, mercy and joy, the ‘Year of Favour’.

THIRD VIGIL READING: Ezechiel 37: 1-14

The first name for the Spirit in the Bible is the ‘Ruah’, or breath or wind of God. The Upper Room of Pentecost morning was filled with the same mighty wind as that described by Ezechiel in this prophetic vision. The Wind of the Spirit breathes New Life, brings us fully alive in Christ, and enables us to be an ‘army for the Lord’ – an army of peace and healing and life-giving. Let us allow the Spirit to blow through our lives and our community.

FOURTH VIGIL READING: Joel 3: 1-5

Peter quotes from this passage when trying to explain the extraordinary event of God that is Pentecost’s outpouring of life and joy. Even the excluded ones – the slaves, the women – now receive the boundless generosity of God, as all are welcomed to share the dream of God, the Vision of the Kingdom – a world renewed in the Holy Spirit. As we dream and share the vision, so we are empowered to work in the power of the Spirit to make a new world … a world of true Jubilee!

EPISTLE READING: Romans 8: 22-27

The Gift of Tongues is one expression of the groaning of the Spirit deep within us … and deep within creation itself, as Paul tells us. Creation’s freedom and our own are bound together in the Spirit who comes to us in our weakness to be the flame of salvation and hope. In the Spirit we yearn for a freedom that is total.

Vigil Mass  of  Pentecost 2019

Send forth Your Spirit, O Lord … Renew the face of the earth …  Burn Your love into our waiting hearts!

SONG TO INVOKE THE SPIRIT No 458

PENITENTIAL RITE

Genesis 11: 1-9 Diverse Languages ruin the building of the Tower of Babel: so division hinders the building of the Kingdom. The Pentecost event is the healing of Babel.

Sung Response:No 936

THE WORD OF GOD – THE OLD TESTAMENT PREPARES FOR THE SPIRIT

[1] Exodus 19: 3-8, 16-20   God enters into sacred Covenant with the liberated Hebrew slaves at Mt Sinai and the people see cloud and fire – the Spirit comes to the disciples in the Upper Room in the form of mighty wind and tongues of flame. The Spirit brings the ancient Covenants to fulfilment as our hearts and community are filled with Divine Presence.

Sung Response: No 720

Prayer

[2] Isaiah 61: 1-3, 6, 8-9 The Spirit anoints God’s People so that they can be servants of a perpetual ‘Jubilee Year’ – announcing Good News to the Poor and freedom to all held captive in oppression.

Sung Response: No 883

Prayer

[3] Ezechiel 37: 1-14 The Spirit blows through our inner deadness – as individuals and as a church – to bring us alive, to renew us, to ‘re-form‘ us as a People filled with the power of the Spirit.

Sung Response: No 302

Prayer

[4] Joel 3: 1-5 Through the outpouring of the Spirit, we know the Lord is in the midst of us, and then we can dream, be visionary of a world where everyone is alive to the Spirit!

Sung Response: No 295 

Prayer

GLORIA      Glory to God, Glory to God…

COLLECT PRAYER OF THE VIGIL MASS OF PENTECOST

The Epistle:  Romans 8: 22-27      The Spirit is at once cosmic in dynamism, drawing all creation to the freedom of the Children of God; and profoundly personal and interior – praying too deep for understanding at the core of our being.

Responsorial Psalm sung

Alleluia, acclaiming the Gospel (African)

THE GOSPEL: John 7: 37-39 Jesus is a the source, or wellspring of the Spirit, for from his heart pierced on the Cross flows streams of ‘Living Water’ into the desert of our hearts and our world, healing and giving life in all its fullness.

Homily

ACT OF DEDICATION TO THE SPIRIT

Priest Do you believe in the Creator Spirit given by the Father?

PEOPLE We believe that God breathed the Spirit over the chaos at the dawning of creation;
that the Spirit hovered over the dark waters and brought forth Light and creation’s order and beauty.
… And so we will reverence all creation and care for our earth and fragile environment.

Priest Do you believe in the Spirit of Love flowing from the Heart of Christ?

PEOPLE We believe that God overshadowed Mary so that Jesus’ flesh was conceived in the Holy Spirit;
that God anointed Jesus with the Spirit in the Jordan River
for a life of Loving Service of the Kingdom – of love in word and action;
and that from His broken Heart on the Cross
Jesus poured forth the Water of the Spirit upon all humankind.
… And so we will share the Mission of Christ, welcome the Spirit’s Gifts and
work with Jesus in the Power of His Spirit for the Kingdom.

Priest Do you believe in the Spirit that unites us and leads us into all truth?

PEOPLE We believe that from all eternity the Spirit has united the Father and the Son in a Trinity of Love;
that the Spirit brought the Church to birth in a ferment of Mission and Praise;
that the Spirit challenges the People of God in every age and place to be the One Loving Body of Christ;
that the Spirit through the ages guides His People to proclaim the Truth that is Christ with greater courage and deeper insight.
… And so we will seek the new ways of the Spirit for the Church in our time;
to unite all God’s People that together we might Proclaim the Gospel
with a renewed Power to the world of the Third Millennium.

ALL SING No 305

INTERCESSIONS 

We are invited to go to various places inside and outside the church complex: eg to the school to pray for children and young people; to the Hall to pray all who use the hall, but especially those seeking safe asylum and refugees; to the Assisi Centre to pray for the homeless and the those struggling with addiction; outside Assisi Centre to pray for the area and for evangelisation. We return to pray Bidding Prayers based on the Fruits of the Spirit.

MINISTRY OF ANOINTING FOR THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT Chant:
Sing to the Lord, O my soul, and all that is in me proclaim God’s salvation!
Sing to the Lord, O my soul, and remember all of God’s marvellous deeds!

African Song

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

Presentation of the Gifts No 777
Breathe in us, Holy Spirit, breathe in us

Eucharistic Acclamations
Holy, HolyNo 553
MemorialNo 554
Lamb of God  No 925

Communion Hymn Chant:
Spiritus Jesus Christi, Spiritus Caritatis, confirmet cor tuum (X2)
[May the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Love strengthen your heart.]

African Song 

No 932

Receiving the Light No 764

LITURGY OF BLESSING AND MISSION

As the Early Church tumbled out of the Upper Room into the Market Place to witness to Christ, we too take the flame of the Spirit into the open air and there witness to the Risen Christ for all to see.

Leaving Song  African Song and Movement 

Lighting the Fire of the Spirit for the World

Blessing and Dismissal No 770

Fire Burning in my Soul / Pentecost na Fire eee  / Holy Ghost na Fire eee
Fire, Burning in my Soul / Fire, fire, fire (×2)

 

 

NEW FEAST DAYS TO CELEBRATE

The Church has instituted two new Feasts for the Universal Church – 

[1] the Feast of Jesus Christ the High Priest, expressing that Jesus is the the Eternal Priest who offers the sacrifice of himself. This is a feast of the Priesthood of all Believers, the profound priesthood that we all share by Baptism and confirmation. It does NOT celebrate ordained priesthood. Ordained ministry serves the Priesthood of every Christian – so this Feast of Christ the Priest challenges us all to offer the sacrifice of our own lives in service of our sisters and brothers, in the service of the whole world and all creation. We are priests of Creation – giving voice to creations praise of God as the psalms so often express.

[2] the Feast of Mary, the Mother of the Church celebrates that Mary, filled with the Spirit at the Annunciation and once again at Pentecost is the model for all discipleship. God teaches us through her how to be authentic Church, how to give flesh to the Word in our present world, how to lay our lives open to the overshadowing Spirit of God, how to risk everything (as she did) for the love of God and the salvation of our world. She is out mother, our sister, the first and greatest of the disciples – may she guide us to ‘treasure the Word in our hearts’, utter our ‘Yes’ to God’s call in our lives, give Christ to our waiting world, throw wide open our lives to empowering Holy Spirit and how to walk lovingly and gently alongside our sisters and brothers in the Church and indeed all humanity.

FEAST OF PENTECOST

The Spirit clothes the Church with Divine Love … we pray that the Church, led by Pope Francis, Bishop Declan and the College of Bishops, may unite all peoples, races, classes and cultures in one great human family,  building a universal civilisation of love – we ask that all hearts of stone expressing discrimination of any kind may be challenged to repentance

               [reader]                    JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
[sung response]   Veni Creator Spiritus

The Spirit reconciles all peoples of the earth … we pray that men and women of violence everywhere will cease resisting the Spirit that urges peace upon them;  that both ordinary people and world leaders everywhere will give themselves to the task of building peace – we pray especially for the the peoples of the Middle East, Palestine/Israel, Sudan and Central Africa

                 [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit renews the face of the earth … we pray that we will learn to live in harmony, and  respect the wonder of creation,  working with God’s creative Spirit to heal our damaged earth and bringing true justice that shares the earth’s abundance with all equally

                [reader]                  JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit showers gifts of ministry and mission upon the People of God… we pray that this Pentecost we will all know a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, welcoming the Spirit’s charismatic gifts to empower us to serve the Kingdom as we continue to develop the mission of our parish: we pray especially for ur young people

                  [reader]                    JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit leads us to the heart of our God … we pray for a deepening of the stillness of prayer in our lives, and for the welling up of praise and thankfulness: may we each know how infinitely we are loved by our God who dwells at the centre of our being

                  [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit sends us out in mission … we pray for all our Parish community that we will be open to God’s ever-new vision for us, together with diverse Christian brothers and sisters, and work to Proclaim Good News and serve the Kingdom in our wider community; that the whole Church  will act with more courage to live out God’s Option for the Poor

                       [reader]                  JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

The Spirit heals our every wound,  enlightens every darkness:  we pray for all suffering the wounds of war and poverty and for the sick and hurting of our parish family, especially …..
the Spirit raises the dead: for all who have died recently, especially because of war
and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time: …….

                          [reader]   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…

Mary of Pentecost,  help us all to open ever wider our hearts to the Spirit as you did …
                                               HAIL MARY…

Let us yield to the Spirit praying within us in a moment of silence…

FEAST OF PENTECOST

PRIEST: Fifty days ago we celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection – now we celebrate the Power of Resurrection set free to transform the world! Today is not only the birthday of the Church in a ferment of Praise and Mission, it is also the beginnings of a New World, a New Creation, for through the Church and beyond it, the Spirit is recreating the face of the earth! Let us welcome the purifying fire of the Spirit into our lives so that through forgiveness we will ever grow in holiness.

READER:           The Holy Spirit comes as a mighty wind!
For our fears and timidity, our lack of courage,
                                in witnessing to Jesus and speaking out Gospel Justice! 

                                                         LORD HAVE MERCY

The Holy Spirit comes as flames of fire, fire of Love!
For every denial of love that starves the world of hope;
For every division between Christians that hides the face of Christ 

                                                         CHRIST HAVE MERCY

The Holy Spirit gives us a new language of faith and praise
That we might ever speak the language of mercy and forgiveness
Healing and hope to our broken but beautiful world 

                                                         LORD HAVE MERCY

PRIEST:      May the Father set us free to be Children of God;
                        may Jesus enthroned in Glory pour out upon us the Spirit of Love and Mercy;
                        may the Holy Spirit rush through our lives to lead us to new beginnings
                        and bring all the world to everlasting life

                                                         AMEN!

7th Sunday of Easter

PRIEST: Today we gather with Mary and those first disciples, some 120 in number,  as they prayed and waited in the Upper Room of their fears soon to be turned to hopes.  We also like them have heard Jesus entrust his mission to us;  we like them know our own weakness and anxiety;  we like them cry out for the empowering Spirit to come.  Let us invite the Spirit who forgives and heals to enter the dark shadows of our negativity and sin…

READER:      When we are afraid to allow the energy of the Spirit
to burn freely in our lives;
when we are afraid of the Spirit’s mighty wind
                                         blowing through our lives and our communities;

                                                                      LORD HAVE MERCY

When we hurt the Spirit’s unity by our shallow love
and petty selfishness;
                           for every intolerance and dishonesty…

                                                                      CHRIST HAVE MERCY

When we seek the Spirit’s consolation and healing,
but not Spirit’s energy for challenging mission;
                            when we ask for the Spirit’s gifts,
                                         but not that we might become gift to another…

                                                                      LORD HAVE MERCY

PRIEST:          May the God whose breath is love  – give us new life;
                            may the Saviour whose touch is healing  – grant us mercy;
                            may the Spirit whose presence within is fire – burn us with love’s pain;
                            and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                                                         AMEN!

7th Sunday of Easter – World Communication Sunday

God speaks His Word to all the world and calls us to Unity:  that the Church will use all modern means of Mass Communication and social media to grow in deeper unity and love, in order to speak the Gospel,  the Good News to all our world
                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

Jesus,  the Truth, is Good News to the Poor:  that the new Technologies of Communication might bring home to all the truth about poverty,  and the horror of war;  and constantly challenge us to act with courage to bring peace and justice to our world – we pray especially for the peoples of Syria, Yemen and Central Africa

                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

The Holy Spirit is the divine communication of love:  that the instant communication by radio, TV and the Internet might improve our inter-personal communication,  and bring peoples, nations and races together in mutual understanding in the service of peace, justice and the healing of our planet

                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

The Church is challenged to be the Living Word of God’s life-giving love:  that our parish and the whole Church will answer Jesus’ prayer in today’s Gospel and by our unity in Christ and rootedness in God offer the world a more convincing witness to the Good News of New Life   

                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

The disciples wait in the Upper Room of Hope and Expectation for the coming of the Spirit’s Fire:  we pray for all the young people of our parish; may we all use wisely the tools of modern communication technology without becoming addicted to them; and may all of us this Pentecost welcome the Spirit’s renewal of our lives and community, opening ourselves to Gifts of Mission and Ministry
                                                      HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

That our sick and housebound might experience being listened to, embraced in the communion of our love and know they are not alone but one with us: we pray especially for those injured in the shootings in America;
for those who have died recently, especially the victims of the boat crash in the River Danube, of the shooting in America and all killed by war and violence in particular in Syria
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time, in particular the victims of the Rwandan Genocide 25 years ago,

                                                       HOLY SPIRIT COME…
[response:]     SPEAK GOD’S LOVE TO US…

Mary of the Upper Room, pray with us for the Renewing Gift of the Spirit and for the children and families preparing for Baptism…

                                                        HAIL MARY…

Let us wait in silence upon the Spirit…