The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
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3rd Glorious Mystery of the Rosary ¤
Reading from Scripture: Acts 2: v1-7
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 in his own language. They were amazed and astonished.
Meditation: Jesus promised his Apostles that he would not leave them as orphans. He had already given them his Mother. The Holy Spirit, who hovered over the deep at the Creation and over Mary at the Annunciation, again hovers as tongues of fire over the apostles at the birth of the Church. Jesus, breathe on me as you breathed on Adam, that the fulness of your spirit may live in me.
Eternal Father, may the Holy Spirit within me cry out "Abba, Father" and remind me of everything that Jesus has taught us.
Mary, my Mother, obtain for me that openness which allowed you to embrace all that the Holy Spirit gave you.
3 2us by Fr Marcus Holden ¤
"Catholic means universal. On that first day of Pentecost, the disciples went out and preached to people from all different nations, and they heard the message in their own language. You see, the Spirit unites the faithful at the deepest level whilst respecting their own characteristics and integrity."
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