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Pre-Pentecost Prayer Service

Louise Finn, CND

Day 1

Opening Prayer:

Dear God, Creator Spirit, today we want to become more aware of Your place in our lives. Some people call You “the forgotten God,” because we usually pray to God, the Father or to Jesus, the Son. But You are the one who “overshadowed Mary” and made her pregnant with Jesus who grew within her womb for nine months. You are the one who lives in our hearts, making us holy—yes, we are holy because You are within us.  Thank You for this and for each of the seven gifts You give us.

Reader 1:

We first received these gifts at our Baptism, but we sometimes forget to use them.  But if we use them, these seven gifts help us to respond to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, to make good choices, and to serve God and others.

All:

Dear Spirit of God, help us to use your gift of Wisdom, so that we will recognize the importance of other people, and the importance of keeping God central in our lives. Wisdom will help us to know the right choices to make in order to live a holy life, and to avoid the things that could lead us away from God. We are grateful for this gift and we will try to use it today.

(Pause)

All:

We also have the gift of Understanding, or the ability to grasp the meaning of the teachings of the Church. This gift also helps us to be tolerant and sympathetic towards others, and to sense when someone is hurting or in need of compassion.  Thank you, dear Spirit, for this gift. Help us to use it today.

(Pause)

Reader 2:

Finally for today, we focus on the Spirit’s gift of Knowledge.  This gift is the ability to think about and explore God's revelation, and also to recognize that there are mysteries of faith beyond us.  We certainly need this gift, especially as we study our Catholic faith in Religion class.

(Pause)

All:

Dear Spirit, help us to use your gift of Knowledge as we grow in maturity as Christians.  Thank you for your loving presence in our hearts, now and always.

Leader:

We will now sing the first verse of the ancient

hymn, Come Holy Spirit.

All:

Come, Spirit Lord, Creator blest,

And in our hearts take up your rest,

Come with Your grace and heavenly aid

To fill the hearts which You have made,

To fill the hearts which You have made.

Now we will pray in a different form—in a haiku based on this prayer.  As you may remember, haiku is a three-line verse of seventeen syllables, originally written in Japanese.

(Slowly)

Softening Spirit,

file my brittle, edgy edges,

smooth them to velvet.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

***Pre-Pentecost Prayer Service***

Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Dear Spirit of God, You who make us holy by your loving presence within us, we thank you again for your gifts to us. We need to remember to use them—every day, and often. Please remind us, nudge us, softly or loud and clear—whichever works better. We pray in Jesus’ name, who sent You to his disciples on Pentecost. Before You came to them, they were afraid, but after You had settled upon each of them, they were fearless. Help us to be like them. Amen.

Reader 1:

We focus first today on the gift of Counsel.

As we go through each day, there are many times we have to make choices about what to do, when and how. The Spirit is the one who helps us to see the best way to make good choices, to follow God’s loving plan for us, so that each thing we do will be a step to live as a faithful follower of Jesus. 

All:

We thank you, dear Spirit of God, for your gift of Counsel, this right judgment that keeps us on the right path. Help us to use this gift many times today. Amen.

(Pause)

Reader 2:

 We look too at your gift of Fortitude.  Even when we really know what we should do, we sometimes don’t do it. We forget to use your gift of fortitude—that special strength of will that helps us to overcome any obstacles that would keep us from practicing our faith.

All:

Dear Spirit of God, just as we keep trying when we want to be good in a sport, or in the band, or whatever, we need your gift of Fortitude to become good Christians—faithful in small ways and big, even when others laugh at us or say mean things to us, or about us.  Please help us to do what we know is right.  Amen.

Reader 3:

We finally look today at the gift of Piety. In the words of Pope Francis, piety is opening up our heart to God, and our arms to embrace everyone as a brother or sister. Piety, he said, makes us peacefully patient—at peace with God in gentle service to others.  It helps us pray, but it also makes us generous towards others, willing to give of our time and talent to them.  Do we need this gift?

(Pause)

All:

Dear Spirit of God, You know we need your gift of piety.  It’s not easy for us to pray—to talk to an invisible Person, to listen for an answer that’s so soft we can’t hear it.  We’re basically rather selfish, so we need your help to reach out to others in a generous way. We thank you for your gift of piety, and we ask you to remind us to use it today—often and everywhere. Amen.

Leader:

Let us sing the first verse of the Come Holy Spirit, then pray in a haiku based on this prayer.

All:

Come, Spirit Lord, Creator blest,

And in our hearts take up your rest,

Come with your grace and heavenly aid

To fill the hearts which You have made,

To fill the hearts which You have made.

(Slowly)

Fiery Spirit, thaw

my heart with passion to serve

your other children.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

***Pre-Pentecost Prayer Service***

Day 3

Opening Prayer:

Dear Spirit of God, Pentecost will soon be here, so please help us prepare to receive a deepening of your seven gifts. Help us to welcome You into our hearts, using your beautiful gift of Reverence for your awesome holiness.  It used to be called “fear of the Lord,” but that sounds as if we’re afraid of our loving God—which we’re not.

Reader:

Pope Francis told us that this gift really helps us feel like children in the arms of our loving daddy, with the wonder and joy of a child who sees him-/herself served and loved by his/her father.

(Pause)

All:

Dear Holy Spirit of God, help us to return your love so much that we would never want to disappoint or break your loving heart by anything we would do. Thank you. Amen.

Come, Spirit Lord, Creator blest,

And in our hearts take up your rest,

Come with your grace and heavenly aid

To fill the hearts which You have made,

To fill the hearts which You have made.

(Slowly)

Creator Spirit,

You loved me into being,

my guest-friend.  Thank you!

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

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