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The Day of Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Jesus Christ rose from the dead, marks the day when his previously frightened and tentative friends and disciples became his confident and effective ambassadors. The first Christians had an overwhelming experience of God’s power among them, inside them, changing them. Since then, countless Christians have also experienced the Spirit of Jesus in our midst. Read on for some Pentecost prayers that can be used this year as we celebrate the Spirit of Truth.
Sometimes the Spirit seems as gentle as the breath of the risen Lord who came and spoke peace to his disciples as they huddled, terrified, in a locked room. Sometimes the Spirit seems as wild and dangerous as the rushing wind and flames of fire that sent the disciples out to preach on the streets. Sometimes the Spirit helps us remember the acts and words of Jesus. Sometimes the Spirit gives us the words to pass on the message to others. Sometimes the Spirit opens doors for strangers and outsiders to become welcome members of the Christian community, regardless of race, language, gender or culture.
A Litany to the Holy Spirit is available here for you to adapt to your context as you pray for the Spirit’s grace in your worshipping community.
Pentecost litany 2013