The Day of Pentecost
The Day of PentecostToday we mark the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Comforter, an arrival which (2,000 years ago) transformed fearful and self-conscious men and women into fearless and selfless evangelists for Christ. Pentecost is, in many ways, the birthday of the Church. But it is not merely that. It is the acknowledgement and celebration of the on-going action of God in our lives, through the Spirit. To gain a richer understanding, consider these sermons: I Believe in the Holy Ghost (2011) by Fr Daniels A Sermon for the Day of Pentecost (2010) by John Polkinghorne The Holy Spirit Gives us a Future (2010) by Fr Austin From Pentecost to Pop Hale to Fifth Avenue (2009) by Fr Mead Three Points about Pentecost (2008) by Fr Mead Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom (2006) by Fr Austin
Almighty God, who on this day didst open the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of thy Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Included in this Solemn Eucharist are hymns sung by the congregation and choir, additional music sung exclusively by the choir, lessons, prayers, a sermon, and a Rite I Mass. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion.
|Sung by||The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys|
|Service||Missa euge bone - Tye|
|Hymn||225 -- Lo, in the likeness of fire -- SALVE FESTA DIES|
|Hymn||228 -- Holy Spirit, font of light -- WEBBE|
|Psalm||104:24-34 (Parratt, Walmisley)|
|Hymn||511 -- Holy Spirit, ever living -- ABBOT’S LEIGH|
|Gospel||John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15|
|Anthem||The Spirit of the Lord, Edward Elgar (1857-1934)|
|Anthem||Loquebantur variis linguis, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)|
|Hymn||505 -- Spirit divine, attend our prayers -- O HEILIGER GEIST|
|Voluntary||Fantasia super ‘Komm, heiliger Geist’, BWV 651, Johann Sebastian Bach|