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Pentecost Novena Day 3

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When: May 28, 2017 - May 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Created at: May 30, 2017 at 10:33 PM

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3. Seventh Sunday of Easter:

Before Jesus left the upper room after the Last Supper, he prayed for all his disciples and tried to prepare them for what was to come: “Now I am going to the One who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you, but if I go I will send the Spirit to you.” [John 16:5-7].

How many times have we grieved when someone has been taken from us by death or has left us to move away? Have we feared that life would never be the same without the presence of someone we have loved or depended on? And life is not the same, but life does go on, and we need to learn how to adapt to the changes that life always brings.

Jesus’ promise of the gift of the Spirit – the very same Spirit that animated him all his life – is something we can cling to. God is the Giver of all good gifts. The Holy Spirit gives us UNDERSTANDING, or heart-knowledge, enabling us to see things from the perspective of another’s heart, even from the perspective of the heart of Jesus.

Come, O Spirit of God, to renew and restore us. As we try to adjust to the newness of every day, fill our hearts with your light and grace. Help us to proclaim your good news in ways and with words that others will UNDERSTAND, so that together we may truly be the Body of Christ today. Pray the Pentecost Sequence:

Pentecost Sequence

Come O Holy Spirit, come and from your celestial home, shed a ray of Light divine.
Come, O Father of the poor; come, O Giver of all gifts; come within our hearts now shine.

You, of comforters the best, You, the soul’s most welcome Guest, sweet refreshment here below.
In our labor, rest most sweet; grateful coolness in the heat; solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine, may that Light within us shine and our inmost being fill.
In your absence, we have naught, nothing good in deed or thought, nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew; on our dryness pour your dew; wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will; melt the frozen, warm the chill, guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful who adore and confess you evermore, in your seven-fold gifts descend.
Give them virtue’s sure reward, give them your salvation, Lord, give them joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.


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