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PREPARING FOR PENTECOST (May 20)
Pentecost Novenas should start 9 days prior to Pentecost -- (start on May 11)
All About Pentecost in the Catholic Church + See Novena Prayers Below
After Easter Sunday, Christmas is the second-greatest feast in the Christian liturgical calendar, but Pentecost Sunday is not far behind. Coming 50 days after Easter and ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, Pentecost marks the descent of the Holy Spiriton the apostles. For that reason, it is often called the "the birthday of the Church."
Through the links in each of the sections below, you can learn more about the history and practice of Pentecost in the Catholic Church.
A mosaic of the Pentecost in the Basilica of Monreale in Sicily. Christophe Boisvieux/Getty Images
Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and Saint Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place 50 days after the Passover and which celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai. More »
This year May 20
For Christians, Pentecost is the 50th day after Easter (if we count both Easter and Pentecost). That means that it is a moveable feast—a feast whose date changes every year, based on the date of Easter in that year.
On Pentecost Sunday, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, they were granted the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those gifts helped them to fulfill their mission to preach the Gospel to all nations. For us, too, those gifts—granted when we are infused with sanctifying grace, the life of God in our souls—help us to live a Christian life.
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are:
A stained-glass window of the Holy Spirit overlooking the high altar of Saint Peter's Basilica. Franco Origlia/Getty Images
After Christ's Ascension into Heaven, the Apostles knew that He had promised to send His Spirit, but they didn't know exactly what that would mean. Granted the gifts of the Spirit at Pentecost, however, they were emboldened to speak the Good News to all men. On that first Pentecost Sunday, over 3,000 people were converted and baptized.
The example of the Apostles shows that the gifts of the Holy Spirit lead to the fruits of the Holy Spirit—works that we can only perform through the assistance of the Holy Spirit. More »
Dove of Holy Spirit and the Virgin, detail of fresco from Civic Art Gallery of Recanati, Marche, Italy. De Agostini/C. Sappa/Getty Images
Between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday, the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent nine days in prayer, waiting for the fulfillment of Christ's promise to send His Spirit. This was the origin of the novena, or nine-day prayer, that became one of the most popular forms of Christian intercessory prayer (asking God for something).
From the earliest days of the Church, the period between Ascension and Pentecost has been celebrated by praying the Novena to the Holy Ghost, asking God the Father to send His Spirit and to grant us the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. More »
Other Prayers to the Holy Spirit
While the Novena to the Holy Ghost is most often prayed between Ascension and Pentecost, it can be prayed at any time we find ourselves in particular need of the strength that the Holy Spirit grants through His gifts.
There are many other prayers to the Holy Spirit that are appropriate both for Pentecost and for all year long. When the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, He appeared as tongues of fire. Living as Christians means letting that fire burn within us every day, and for that, we need the constant intercession of the Holy Spirit.
Other prayers include:
- Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Litany of the Holy Spirit
- Prayer to the Holy Spirit for a Favor
- Come Holy Spirit
NOVENA PRAYERS FOR PENTECOST
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The new Alpha session is almost here! Start off the New Year with a renewed commitment to your relationship with Christ. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, January 11th. We will begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Child care will be provided. Please join us for dinner and bring a friend!
¡La nueva sesión de Alpha esta casi aquí! Comience el nuevo año con un renovado compromiso para mejorar su relación con Cristo. Nuestra primera reunión será el miércoles, 11 de enero. Comenzáremos con cena a las 6:30 p.m. en el salón parroquial. Se proveerá cuidado de niños. ¡Por favor acompáñenos
We the people of St. Mel's Catholic Faith Community, a rural, diverse, and inviting parish baptized into the body of Christ, formed by the Word and Sacrament, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, seek to evangelize God's people to be a visible sign of God's love.
Nosotros el pueblo de la comunidad de fe de San Mel, una parroquia rural, diversa y acogedora, bautizada en el Cuerpo de Cristo, formada por la Palabra y Sacramento, y fortalecida por el Espíritu Santo, busca evangelizar al pueblo de Dios para que sea un signo visible del amor de Dios.