I celebrated my first Mass 28 years ago on Pentecost Sunday (that year Pentecost fell on May 19). What a thrill for me to begin my priestly ministry at the altar on the day that the Universal Church was celebrating its beginning, its birthday. (The homilist for the Mass was coming from Philadelphia and just barely got there…he was stopped on the turnpike and got a whopping speeding ticket!) We gather around the table of the Lord once again and pray that the Holy Spirit will shower us with his sevenfold gifts! Each year we recite or sing (in various versions) the Sequence of Pentecost, a hymn of praise to the Holy Spirit. My favorite part of the Sequence is the following:
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy 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.
I cannot think of a better prayer for us individually and for the Church as a whole! Come Holy Spirit, come! Happy Pentecost!
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St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
359 West Areba Ave.
Hershey, PA 17033
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