Solemnity of Pentecost
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. (Gospel Antiphon)
Risen Lord, our prayer to the Holy Spirit is a plural petition. We ask for and seek the Spirit's advocacy for all of us together. This necessitates our openness to the Spirit's guidance of us as individuals through His voice to others.
Pentecost, our liturgical celebration of the Holy Spirit's descent upon the Apostles fifty days after Jesus' Resurrection and ten days after Your Ascension to heaven, is often called the birthday of the Church. We anticipate Your voice as we look to Your Church, in fulfillment of Your promise to be with us always so that we might be one as You are one with the Father. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.