Sunday, June 9, 2019

What is Pentecost? 10 Things to Know and SHARE - The #HolySpirit descends on Us at Pentecost

1. The Jewish name for Pentecost is Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:16), a feast in the calendar of Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. According to Jewish tradition, Pentecost commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus.
2. Pentecost is a Christian Feast Day remembering the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is from the Greek word 'Pentekostos', which means 'fifty' after Easter.  In some places the Church celebrated it as Whitsun – 'White Sunday'. This was a day for baptisms and those being baptised would wear white.  Pentecost was when God poured out the wisdom of the Spirit. 
4.Pentecost is the fulfilment of promises.  Jesus said he would send another Counsellor, the Spirit of truth (John 16: 5-15). There are Seven Gifts of the sanctifying category; they are: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord.
3. The Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were in the Upper room when the Holy Spirit entered. The biblical passages describes three distinct experiences.
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4. A violent wind filled the house or breath as a symbol of the Spirit of God a fire or a single flame that separates and symbolically rests on each of them (Book of Acts)
5. This was recorded in the NT: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them."
6. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” ~ Acts 2:1-4

Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost
7. The story links back to the Old Testament story, in Genesis 11, when the people begin to build the huge Tower of Babel. God confused their language so they could no longer understand each other. At Pentecost, this Babel confusion is reversed.
8. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. It marks the beginning of Christianity as a purposeful movement and a new community. 
9. When Peter preached immediately afterwards, around 3,000 people believed and were baptised.  
"Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized. every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" ~Acts 2:38 "Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." ~ Acts 2:41 - 
10. You can obtain a Plenary Indulgence on Pentecost by Praying the Hymn Veni Creator Spiritus
Veni, creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia,
quae tu creasti pectora.
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
from thy bright heav'nly throne;
come, take possession of our souls,
and make them all thine own.
Qui diceris Paraclitus,
donum Dei altissimi,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.
Thou who art called the Paraclete,
best gift of God above,
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.
Tu septiformis munere,
dextrae Dei tu digitus
tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.
Thou who art sevenfold in thy grace,
finger of God's right hand;
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.
Accende lumen sensibus,
infunde amorem cordibus,
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.
O guide our minds with thy blest light,
with love our hearts inflame;
and with thy strength, which ne'er decays,
confirm our mortal frame.
Hostem repellas longius
pacemque dones protinus;
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.
Far from us drive our deadly foe;
true peace unto us bring;
and through all perils lead us safe
beneath thy sacred wing.
Per te sciamus da Patrem
noscamus atque Filium,
te utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.
Through thee may we the Father know,
through thee th'eternal Son,
and thee the Spirit of them both,
thrice-blessed three in One.

Pope Francis at Pentecost Mass says " Holy Spirit, our harmony,...infuse your peace in the Church and in the world." Full Text Homily


St. Peter's Square
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pentecost arrived, for the disciples, after fifty uncertain days. On one side Jesus was Risen, full of joy they had seen and listened to him, and they had also eaten with Him. On the other side, they had not yet overcome doubts and fears: they were behind closed doors (see Jn 20: 19.26), with few perspectives, unable to announce the Living One. Then the Holy Spirit arrives and worries vanish: now the Apostles are not afraid even before those who arrest them; first worried about saving their lives, now they are no longer afraid of dying; first locked up in the Upper Room, now they announce to all the people. Until the Ascension of Jesus they awaited a Kingdom of God for them (see Acts 1,6), now they are eager to reach unknown borders. Before they had hardly ever spoken in public and when they had done so they had often made trouble, like Peter denying Jesus; now they speak with parresia to everyone. The story of the disciples, which seemed at the end of the line, is in short renewed by the youth of the Spirit: those young people who felt themselves to have arrived in uncertainty, were transformed by a joy that made them reborn. The Holy Spirit did this. The Spirit is not, as it might seem, an abstract thing; it is the most concrete, closest Person, the one who changes our lives. How does? Let's look at the Apostles. The Spirit has not made things easier for them, it has not performed spectacular miracles, it has not taken away problems and opponents, but the Spirit has brought into the lives of the disciples a harmony that was lacking, his, because He is harmony.

Harmony within man. Inside, in the heart the disciples needed to be changed. Their story tells us that even seeing the Risen One is not enough if one does not welcome Him into the heart. It is not necessary to know that the Risen One is alive if one does not live like a Risen One. And it is the Spirit that makes Jesus live and live in us, that resurrects us inside. This is why Jesus, meeting his own, repeats: "Peace be with you" (Jn 20: 19.21) and gives the Spirit. Peace does not consist in fixing the problems outside - God does not take away from his tribulations and persecutions - but in receiving the Holy Spirit. In this consists peace, that peace given to the Apostles, that peace which does not free from problems but in problems, is offered to each of us. It is a peace that makes the heart similar to the deep sea, which is always quiet even when on the surface the waves shake. It is such a profound harmony that it can even transform persecutions into beatitudes. How many times, instead, we remain on the surface! Instead of looking for the Spirit, we try to stay afloat, thinking that everything will be better if that trouble passes, if I don't see that person anymore, if that situation improves. But this has remained on the surface: once a problem comes, another will come and the restlessness will return. It is not by distancing oneself from those who do not think like us, who will be serene, it is not resolving the trouble of the moment that we will be in peace. The turning point is the peace of Jesus, it is the harmony of the Spirit.

Today, in the haste that our time imposes on us, it seems that the harmony is marginalized: pulled from a thousand parts we risk bursting, prompted by a continuous nervousness that makes everything react badly. And the quick solution is sought, one pill behind the other to move forward, an emotion behind the other to feel alive. But above all we need the Spirit: it is He who puts order into the frenzy. He is peace in restlessness, trust in discouragement, joy in sadness, youth in old age, courage in trial. It is He who, among the stormy currents of life, fixes the anchor of hope. It is the Spirit who, as Saint Paul says today, prevents us from falling back into fear because it makes us feel loved children (see Romans 8:15). He is the Comforter, who transmits to us the tenderness of God. Without the Spirit the Christian life is frayed, deprived of the love that unites everything. Without the Spirit Jesus remains a character of the past, with the Spirit he is a living person today; without the Spirit Scripture is a dead letter, with the Spirit it is the Word of life. A Christianity without the Spirit is a moralism without joy; with the Spirit it is life.
The Holy Spirit not only brings harmony within, but also outside, among men. It makes us Church, it composes different parts in a single harmonic building. Saint Paul explains it well that, speaking of the Church, he often repeats a word, "different": "different charisms, different activities, different ministries" (1 Cor 12: 4-6). We are different in the variety of qualities and gifts. The Spirit distributes them with imagination, without flattening, without homologating. And, starting from these differences, it builds unity. It does so, from creation, because it is a specialist in transforming chaos into cosmos, putting harmony. He is a specialist in creating diversity, riches; each his own, different. He is the creator of this diversity and, at the same time, he is the One who harmonizes, who gives harmony and gives unity to diversity. Only He can do these two things.

Today in the world the disharmonies have become real divisions: there are those who have too much and there are those who are nothing, there are those who try to live one hundred years and those who cannot come to light. In the computer age we are at a distance: more "social" but less social. We need the Spirit of unity, which will regenerate us as Church, as the People of God, and as a whole humanity. That will regenerate us. There is always the temptation to build "nests": to gather around one's group, to one's own preferences, the like with the like, allergic to any contamination. And from the nest to the sect the step is short, even within the Church. How many times one defines one's identity against someone or against something! The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, connects the distant, unites the distant, brings the dispersed back. He blends different shades in a single harmony, because he sees first the good, he looks at the man before his mistakes, at the people before their actions. The Spirit shapes the Church, shapes the world as places of children and brothers. Sons and brothers: nouns that come before any other adjective. It is fashionable to add, unfortunately also insult. We can say that we live a culture of the adjective that forgets the noun of things; and also in a culture of insult, which is the first response to an opinion that I do not share. Then we realize that it hurts, to those who are insulted but also to those who insult. Making bad for evil, passing from victims to executioners, one does not live well. Those who live according to the Spirit, on the other hand, bring peace where there is discord, concord where there is conflict. Spiritual men render good for evil, respond to arrogance with meekness, malice with goodness, noise with silence, chatter with prayer, defeatism with a smile.

To be spiritual, to enjoy the harmony of the Spirit, we must put our gaze before our own. Then things change: with the Spirit the Church is the holy people of God, the mission the contagion of joy, not proselytism, the other brothers and sisters loved by the same Father. But without the Spirit the Church is an organization, the propaganda mission, the communion an effort. And many Churches make programmatic actions in this sense of pastoral plans, of discussions on all things. It seems that it is that road that unites us, but this is not the path of the Spirit, it is the path of division. The Spirit is the first and last need of the Church (see St. Paul VI, General Audience, 29 November 1972). He "comes where he is loved, where he is invited, where he is expected" (S. Bonaventura, Sermon for the fourth Sunday after Easter). Brothers and sisters, let us pray to him every day. Holy Spirit, harmony of God, you who transform fear into trust and closure into a gift, come into us. Give us the joy of the resurrection, the perennial youth of the heart. Holy Spirit, our harmony, You who make us one body, infuse your peace in the Church and in the world. Holy Spirit, make us craftsmen of harmony, sowers of good, apostles of hope.

Top Hymns to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost to Share - Wow #Breathtaking Music

These are some of the Most Beautiful Hymns to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost. Please SHARE but also comment below with other Music you would add to this List. God bless you!
1. Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest (Veni, Creator Spiritus)
 Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
 O comforter, to Thee we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, and sweet anointing from above.
 Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known; Thou, finger of God's hand we own; Thou, promise of the Father, Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
 Kindle our sense from above, and make our hearts o'erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply.
 Far from us drive the foe we dread, and grant us Thy peace instead; so shall we not, with Thee for guide, turn from the path of life aside.
 Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow the Father and the Son to know; and Thee, through endless times confessed, of both the eternal Spirit blest.
 Now to the Father and the Son, Who rose from death, be glory given, with Thou, O Holy Comforter, henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

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2. Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest)

One of the most widely used hymns in the Church, Veni, Creator 
Spiritus, is attributed to Rabanus Maurus; (776-856). It is used 
at Vespers, Pentecost, Dedication of a Church, Confirmation, and 
Holy Orders and whenever the Holy Spirit is solemnly invoked. A 
partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite it. A 
plenary indulgence is granted if it is recited on January 1st or 
on the feast of Pentecost. 

Veni, Creator Spiritus, mentes tuorum visita, imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus, altissima donum Dei, fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.

Tu, septiformis munere, digitus paternae dexterae, Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus: infunde amorem cordibus:infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius, pacemque dones protinus:ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem, noscamus atque Filium; Teque utrisque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit gloria, et Filio, qui a mortuis surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.

3. Breathe On Me, Breath of God
Text: Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889
Music: Robert Jackson, 1842-1914
Tune: TRENTHAM, Meter: SM

1. Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.

2. Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure,
until with thee I will one will, to do and to endure.

3. Breathe on me, Breath of God, till I am wholly thine,
till all this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine.

4. Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life of thine eternity. 

4. Come down, O love divine,
Words: Bi­an­co of Si­e­na (?-1434) (Di­scen­di, Amor san­to);  trans­lat­ed from Ital­ian to Eng­lish by Ri­chard F. Lit­tle­dale in The Peo­ple’s Hymn­al, 1867.
Music: Down Amp­ney, Ralph Vaughn Will­iams, 1906
Come down, O love divine, seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn, til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.

4.Veni Sancte Spiritus, sometimes called the "Golden Sequence," is a sequence prescribed in the Roman Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecostand its octave.
Latin text
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte caelitus lucis tuae radium.
Veni, pater pauperum, veni, dator munerum,veni, lumen cordium.
Consolator optime, dulcis hospes animae,dulce refrigerium.
In labore requies, in aestu temperies,in fletu solatium.
O lux beatissima, reple cordis intima tuorum fidelium.
Sine tuo numine, nihil est in homine, nihil est innoxium.
Lava quod est sordidum, riga quod est aridum, sana quod est saucium.
Flecte quod est rigidum, fove quod est frigidum, rege quod est devium.
Da tuis fidelibus, in te confidentibus, sacrum septenarium.
Da virtutis meritum, da salutis exitum, da perenne gaudium.
6. O Holy Spirit, by whose breath
Author: Rabanus Maurus (776-856)

O Holy Spirit, by whose breath,
life rises vibrant out of death;
come to create, renew, inspire;
come, kindle in our hearts your fire.

You are the seeker's sure resource,
of burning love the living source,
protector in the midst of strife,
the giver and the Lord of life.

In you God's energy is shown,
to us your varied gifts make known.
Teach us to speak, teach us to hear;
yours is the tongue and yours the ear.

Flood our dull senses with your light;
in mutual love our hearts unite.
Your power the whole creation fills;
confirm our weak, uncertain wills.

From inner strife grant us release;
turn nations to the ways of peace.
To fuller life your people bring
that as one body we may sing;

Praise to the Father,
Christ, his Word, and to the Spirit: God the Lord,
to whom all honor, glory be
both now and for eternity.

Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost to Share - Miracle Prayers - 9


On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere / "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen 
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit 
The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen. 

(Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts) 

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Pope Francis prays for Sudan at Pentecost Regina Coeli "We pray for this people, so that the violence ceases.."


St. Peter's Square
Sunday, June 9, 2019


Yesterday, in Krakow, a thanksgiving celebration was held for the confirmation of the cult of Blessed Michael Giedroyc, in which the Bishops of Poland and Lithuania took part. This event encourages Poles and Lithuanians to strengthen ties in the sign of faith and veneration to Blessed Michael, who lived in Krakow in the fifteenth century, a model of humility and evangelical charity.

The news coming from Sudan is giving rise to pain and concern. We pray for this people, so that the violence ceases and the common good is sought in the dialogue.

I greet all of you, pilgrims from Italy and from many parts of the world, who have participated in this celebration: groups, associations and individual faithful. I encourage everyone to open themselves with docility to the action of the Holy Spirit, offering the world, in the variety of charisms, the image of a fraternity in communion.

May the Holy Mother of God obtain this grace for us, to whose maternal intercession we entrust ourselves with filial trust.
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Saint June 9 : St. Columbkille of Ireland : 1st Missionary to #Scotland

ST. COLUMBKILLE is one of three great saints of Ireland and was the first missionary to Scotland. Born in 521 in Donegal, Ireland to a family connected to kings and princes, Columb was a man gifted with incredible talents. He wrote poetry and music, established churches and monasteries, preached the gospel and painted manuscripts. St. Adamnan, his biographer wrote of him: "He had the face of an angel; he was of an excellent nature, polished in speech, holy in deed, great in counsel . . . loving unto all." He is personally described as "A man well-formed, with powerful frame; his skin was white, his face broad and fair and radiant, lit up with large, gray, luminous eyes.”
From an early age Columb seemed destined for the priesthood, his family sent him off to study under the future St. Finnian and at Clonard Abbey he surrendered his princely claims, became a monk and was ordained. He spent the next 15 years preaching and teaching in Ireland. As was the custom in those days, he combined study and prayer with manual labor. By his own natural gifts as well as by the good fortune of his birth, he soon gained ascendancy as a monk of unusual distinction. By the time he was 25, he had founded no less than 27 Irish monasteries, including those at Derry, Durrow, and Kells, as well as some 40 churches. His work for the Church gained him the addition of “kille” to his name. Columb means “dove” in Gaelic and kille is “church”, so he came to be known as the “church’s dove”. Columb lived, with every ounce of his energy, the commission of Jesus to “go and make disciples.”
There is a famous tale about Columbkille that stands as one of the first copyright cases on record: Columbkille was so anxious to have a copy of Finnian’s Psalter that he shut himself up at night in the church that contained it and secretly transcribed it by hand. He was discovered by a monk who watched him through the keyhole and reported it to his superior. Bibles and prayer books were so scarce in those days that Abbot Finnian claimed the copy, refusing to allow it to leave the monastery. Columbkille refused to surrender it until he was obliged to do so, under protest, on Finnian's appeal to King Diarmaid, who said, "To every cow its calf," meaning to every book its copy.

While historically a bit unclear, an unfortunate period followed, during which, owing to Columbkille's protection of a refugee and his impassioned denunciation of an injustice by King Diarmaid, war broke out between the clans of Ireland, and Columbkille became an exile of his own accord. Filled with remorse on account of those who had been slain in battle and condemned by many of his own friends, he experienced a change of heart and an irresistible call to preach to those who had not heard the gospel. In 563, at the age of 42, he left Ireland with 12 companions and landed on an island now known as Iona. Here on this desolate rock, only three miles long and two miles wide, in the northern sea off the southwest corner of Mull, Scotland, he began his work; and, Iona became a center of Christian learning. It became the heart of Celtic Christianity and a potent factor in the conversion of the Picts, Scots, and Northern English. Monks from the monasteries established by Columbkille would later travel to mainland Europe and Christianize the Frank and Germanic tribes.
There are many miracles and incredible events recorded by St. Adamnan in his biography of St. Columbkille and they make for interesting reading. If you wish to believe it, he is one of the first people to encounter the Loch Ness monster. His memory remains a potent force in Celtic lands and his poetry and songs are still sung:
“Alone with none but Thee, my God,
I journey on my way;
what need I fear when Thou art near,
O King of night and day?"