Weekly Bulletin w/b 24th May
O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us & exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive & reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now & for ever.
Readings for Mass
1st Reading. Acts 1:6-14. After the Ascension of the Lord the disciples gather in the upper room, waiting in prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
2nd Reading. 1 Peter 4: 12-14; 5:6-11. The glorified Lord sends the Holy Spirit to strengthen his followers in times of suffering & difficulty.
Gospel. St John 17: 1-11. This is part of Jesus’ solemn prayer (often called his High Priestly prayer) at the Last Supper. Here the Lord prays for himself & for his disciples, that the glory of God’s love will join them together in a unity that cannot be broken: ‘Father may they all be one, as we are one’
During the nine days between the Ascension & Pentecost the apostles, with Mary in their midst, assembled in the Upper Room to prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Their preparation for receiving the Spirit was prayer. This is the oldest Vigil of Prayer in the Church. We too, must make these days, days of prayer. And when we pray, we are praying with Jesus, the glorified Lord in heaven ‘who ever lives to make intercession for us’ (Hebrews 7:25) When we pray we are joining in the perpetual prayer of Jesus:
It is our conviction that the central message of the New Testament is that there is really only one prayer & that this prayer in the prayer of Christ. It is a prayer that continues in our hearts day & night. I can describe it only as the stream of love that flows constantly between Jesus & his Father. This stream of love is the Holy Spirit … when we pray we are swept into this great river of love. (John Main OSB)
In the light of today’s readings, spend some time each da, during the coming week, in silent prayer. Be still & simply repeat the words:
Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts & kindle within us the fire of your love.
Eternal God, giver of love & power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission, & help us to live the good news we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Let’s continue to join together every day in a fellowship of prayer in union with the Risen Lord who unites us to Him &to one another wherever we are.
Every Day at St Gabriel’s: 8am Morning Prayer; 6pm Evening Prayer; every Sunday 9.30am Mass.
You might like to begin your morning prayer with:
The night has passed & the day lies open before us; as we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of the Risen Christ set our hearts on fire with love for you, O God, now & for ever. Amen
& your evening prayer with:
As our evening prayer rise before you, O God, so may your Christ, rising victorious, banish all darkness from our hearts & minds & set us free to sing your praise, now & for ever. Amen
Pray for the Church: for John our Archbishop, for all priests, pastors & lay ministers & for all Christ’s faithful people, that the Lord’s Easter gift of the Holy Spirit may renew us in love & faith & empower us in the service of others by prayer & deed; for all hospital chaplains & all who care for the sick & suffering in any way…
Pray for our country: for all in government & in leadership; for our NHS; for all front-line carers in hospitals & care homes & in the community; for all who are sick; for those with mental health issues & for all who are vulnerable; for all key workers-shop assistants, farm workers, public transport & delivery drivers, postal workers, refuse collectors, teachers, counsellors, funeral directors & all in essential services… upon whose faithfulness & goodwill we rely… for those who are bereaved & for those who have died…
Pray for our world: for the poor & those whose lives are scarred by warfare & violence-in the Yemen, Libya, Palestine, Syria…. for the homeless & all street children; for all refugees & asylum seekers; for all who are unable to receive adequate health care…
Give thanks for: the presence of the glorified Lord, interceding for us; the gift of the Holy Spirit, renewing & sustaining us; all who work tirelessly & faithfully in the service of others…
Eternal God, the light of the minds that know you, the joy of the hearts that love you, & the strength of the wills that serve you; grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, & so to love you that we may fully serve you, whose service is perfect freedom in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer Vigil: Come, Holy Spirit
You might like to use this during the week.
Then they returned to Jerusalem…& when they entered the city, they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter & John, & James & Andrew, Philip & Thomas, Bartholomew & Matthew, James son of Alphaeus & Simon the Zealot & Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
Come Holy Spirit, you who best console the human heart, refuge in danger, protector in distress. Come, you who cleanse the soul of every stain & heal all its wounds.
Come strength of the weak & support of those who are falling.
Come, teacher of those who are humble in heart.
Come, father of the fatherless, hope of the poor, treasure of those in need.
Come, guiding star of the wayfarer, harbour of those in danger.
Come, strength of the living & salvation of those who die.
Come, Holy Spirit & have mercy upon us & kindle within us the fire of your love. Amen
Ephesians 3: 14-17
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father from whom every family in heaven & on earth takes its name. I pray that according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, & that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted & grounded in love.
Come Holy Spirit & make your home in me.
Come, gentle wind of God’s forgiveness, living water of God’s compassion, dove of my desires for peace, friend of all that is poor & weak in me.
Come & help me hear the cry of God in the cry of his people& in the pain of those who cry for justice.
Come Holy Spirit, Word of Jesus, Breath of the Father.
(Donal Neary SJ)
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