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Pentecost Novena Day 6

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When: May 31, 2017 - May 31, 2017 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Created at: May 30, 2017 at 10:38 PM

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6. Wednesday, Seventh Week of Easter:

St. Paul, having been filled with the Holy Spirit at his own baptism [Acts 9:17-19], often referred to the Spirit in his letters to the early communities of Christ’s followers. He wanted them to live in freedom, filled with joy. The blessings in his letters often wished them “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit” [2 Corinthians 13: 13].

The Pauline communities included Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, men and women, free persons and slaves, and they were challenged to forge a UNITY that would lift them above all these divisions. We can only imagine how difficult that might have been in the culture of the Roman Empire of the first century. Their unity as the Body of Christ, a rich image developed in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, depended on their all being animated by the same Spirit of Jesus.

We Christians today face similar challenges. Our communities often contain diverse groups of people, with different traditions, and even speaking a variety of languages. It is our shared belief in Jesus, the Risen Christ, that draws us together and empowers us for the work of Christian discipleship. Paul declares that “No one can say “Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit” [1Corinthians 12:3]. We need to call upon the Spirit of Jesus to strengthen us in our witness to the Gospel.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle is us the fire of your love. Then we shall be recreated, so that together with You, we may renew the face of the earth.
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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