THE CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA - WELCOMES YOU


PENTECOST SUNDAY - 19 MAY 2024

Penitential Rite

As we begin our celebration, rejoicing in the love of Father, Son and Spirit, let us remember God’s creative love.

By your Spirit you grant us compassion Lord have mercy

Through your Spirit you create the Body of Christ. Christ have mercy

In your Spirit you free our imagination. Lord have mercy

May our great and gracious Lord, who has sent us his Spirit, forgive us our sin and bring us to life everlasting. Amen


Acts 2:1-11

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome- Jews and proselytes alike-Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’


Galatians 5:16-25 
 
If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.


Gospel Acclamation 

Alleluia, Alleluia
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love Alleluia


John   15:26-27, 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset. I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: All he tells you will be taken from what is mine’


Prayer of the Faithful

God our Father and Mother, you gave us your Son Jesus, through the Loving Power of the Holy Spirit. May we be one, as you are, with your Son and the Holy Spirit. Lord hear us

For our parish, that God’s Spirit will guide and inspire each of us to contribute according to our gifts. Lord hear us.

We pray for a new spirit of adventure in the leadership of the Irish Church; one that is creative, imaginative and inclusive, one that looks for opportunity rather than languishes in crisis. Lord hear us.

For those suffering because of violence: that we may find ways to care for the earth and all its peoples with justice and love. Lord hear us.

For all who have died, especially those who have died needlessly through violence and war, that their deaths may not be in vain. Lord hear us.

For all who need our prayer and support, we pray in silence………………Lord hear us


Reflection

The Spirit of God is a transforming Spirit. Disturbing us from what is familiar and comfortable; enticing us beyond the borders of sameness and the dreariness of mindless repetition. The first disciples were shaken by his very presence and then armed with new weapons more powerful than any that had ever been seen before: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Humility, Self-control. These were truly weapons of mass destruction; destroying our selfishness, our hardness of heart, our desire for power, our impatience with the weak and the poor, our inability to appreciate creation. The Spirit burns up everything that dehumanises people, everything that disfigures the beauty of the soul, everything that treats creation with disregard. And when the flames have died down there is the gentle whisper of a creative breeze; breathing into us the joy of a new and profoundly wonderful vision of ourselves and our world. This is the vison not of the dream- world, but of the real world, as our Creative and Loving God always intended it to be. And finally…….there is the realization that the God who makes everything possible, lives not in some distant land, but within my own heart.


Remembered this Weekend

Maura Stimpson (R Deceased)
Marie Lawlor (Month’s Mind)
Margaret Byrne (Month’s Mind)
Teresa Leonard (10th A)
Patrick Rattigan (19th A)
Mona Keogh (10th A)
Brendan Byrne (B Rem)
Harry Harkness (26th A)
May Byrne (27th A)
Ellie & John Reilly
Dorrington Family
Hannah Powell (R Dec)
Marie Hughes (R Dec)

 

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