PENTECOST SUNDAY – Year A, B, C

Sign of the Cross

Greeting

May the Spirit of the Father and Son come upon you,
inflame your hearts,
and remain always with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

Year A only

Today, we recall the occasion when Jesus stood among his disciples and said to them “ Receive the Holy Spirit. As the Father has sent me, so I send you”.

Year B,C        

As we gather here today, we recall the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles who had gathered together on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost.

Year A,B,C

 Filled with the Spirit of Jesus, these men, with hearts on fire, set out to bring
the Good News of salvation “to the ends of the earth”.
The Christian church was born!

As we celebrate the birthday of our Church, we realize that we need a fresh outpouring of the Spirit of God upon us and upon our world…

and so we pray:

Lord Jesus, your Spirit enlightens our minds and opens our hearts:

Lord, have mercy.

Your Spirit renews our strength and kindles within us the fire of your love:

Christ, have mercy.

Your Spirit forgives and heals and makes us one:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Option One    

 You open wide your hand, O God,
and satisfy with your good gifts the needs of all.

Pour forth your Holy Spirit on your Church,
gathered in prayer with the mother of Jesus,
and quench the thirst of all who work for justice and truth
at the springs of living water.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Option Two    

In every generation, O God of Easter glory,
you send forth your Spirit
to breathe upon the world and make it come alive!

Fulfill the promise of these Fifty Days
with the abundant harvest of your Spirit’s gifts.

May we, the community of believers in Christ,
adorned with various ministries and gifts,
be continually formed into one body
by the one Spirit which has been poured out on all of us.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who sends us the Spirit of truth from you,
and who lives and reigns with you,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Year  A

Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading:                    Acts 2: 1 – 11

Responsorial Psalm:      Psalm 104

2nd Reading:                      1 Cor. 12: 3 – 7, 12 – 13

Gospel:                              Jn. 20: 19 – 23

Attn: Presiders

You are free to select any of the Gospels listed for Years B and C if it suits you.

Year  B

Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading:                      Acts 2: 1 – 11

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 104

2nd Reading:                      Galatians 5: 16 – 25

Gospel:                              John 15: 26 – 27, 16: 12-15

Attn: Presiders

You are free to select any of the Gospels listed for Years A and C if it suits you.

Year  C

Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading:                      Acts 2: 1 – 11

Responsorial Psalm:          Psalm 104

2nd Reading:                      Romans 8: 8 -17

Gospel:                              Jn. 14: 15-16, 23b – 26

Attn: Presiders

You are free to select any of the Gospels listed for Years A and B if it suits you.

                                 GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

 P       The Spirit of God is poured into our hearts and empowers us to cry out in prayer. Let us bring our prayer to the Father, confident that we will be heard.

CM      Let our response be: Father, send us your Holy Spirit.

            (Please repeat)

  1.  Father, send your Spirit upon the Church and endow her with a variety of gifts, challenging us to be faithful to its old truths and to be creative in finding find new ways of ministering to God’s people: We pray:
  2. Father, send your Spirit into our hearts, so that we can be empowered to call you, “Abba, Father”, and live as your worthy sons and daughters. We pray:
  3. Father of mercy, send your Spirit upon Filipinos who live and work around the world, so that through them more people may come to know you and Jesus, your Son, whom you have sent. We pray:
  4. Father, pour your Spirit on the newly elected Representatives of the Filipino people; forgive those who have committed violence or participated in anomalies of any kind; bless our country with harmony and peace.

[The Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant]

 P       God of power and might,
as you sent the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles at Pentecost,
renew in us the same Spirit,
that we may be filled with hope and rejoice in our faith.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Generous, loving God,
as we present to you this bread and wine,
we thank you for your countless gifts.
In a special way we thank you today
for the gift of Life in the Spirit.
Grant that our lives may show the gratitude that is in our hearts.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

Because of the Spirit crying out from within us
we are empowered to call God, Abba – Father.
So let us now pray with confidence:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant, in our day,
the peace of Christ,
which is the work of your Spirit.

In your mercy keep us free from sin
and protect us from all anxiety
while the Spirit leads us in joyful hope
toward the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Rite of Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
on Pentecost Day you sent your Holy Spirit on your disciples,
and with hearts on fire,
they went forth to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

Send your Spirit of Love on our world,
to gather people of every race, language, and way of life,
into the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever. AMEN.

Sign of Peace

Jesus greeted his disciples with the words: ‘Peace be with you.’
As God’s family, we greet each other in the same way.

Invitation to Communion

Here is the risen Christ
whose Spirit gathers us together around this altar-table.
Blessed are we to be invited to the Super of the Lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy…

Prayer after Communion

Most Gracious God,
pour out your Spirit upon us;
enkindle within us the fire of your Divine Love
so that we can be re-created.

Inspire us with a sense of mission and commitment
so that we, who have been baptized in the one Spirit,
may, like the first disciples,
be ready to share the gifts of the same Spirit,
serving the local community and the Church.

And we do this through Jesus who is Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.

Blessing

This day the Father of light has enlightened the minds of the disciples
by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. (pause)

May God bless you
and give you the gifts of the Spirit for ever.   AMEN.

May the fire which hovered over the disciples as tongues of flame
burn out all evil from your hearts
and make them glow with pure light.   AMEN.

God inspired speech in different tongues to proclaim one faith.
May we Christians be respectful of all traditions
as we witness to unity in diversity.   AMEN.

And may our loving God bless you,
+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   AMEN.

Dismissal

Go in peace and may the Spirit of Christ be your guide
wherever you go
and in whatever you do.

Download printable file here: Pentecost Sunday – ABC

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