Mass for Pentecost Sunday
The Mass for Pentecost Sunday has been recorded and is available to watch on The Most Holy Redeemer's Youtube Channel
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Readings for Mass: Universalis
Mass Sheet: Pentecost Sunday
Children's Liturgy: No Children's Liturgy
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Homily for Pentecost Sunday Year A 2020:
I wonder if you can see the similarities between the situation that is described in the Acts of the Apostles and the circumstances that we find ourselves in today. We hear in our first reading from the Book of Acts about a group of people who were stuck indoors because they were frightened to go outside. They were morose, depressed, feeling that their situation was never going to change.
Then suddenly they were filled with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and this enabled them to go out into the world to bring peace, joy and forgiveness to all of those who they met.
We may not yet be in a position to do the latter during this time of lockdown but what the Feast of Pentecost reveals is that even in the most hopeless of situations God's spirit is still working in us and on us.
It was the Holy Spirit that gave timid and frightened men the courage to rush out into the streets of Jerusalem and to fearlessly preach the Word of God. And it is that same spirit which is with us today as individuals and as a Church, despite the challenges we are currently facing.
Ever since that first day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit has been a permanent presence and tower of strength in guiding, guarding and directing our lives. As St Paul puts it in our Second Reading: "There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit.... in the one Spirit we were all baptised and one Spirit was given to us all to drink."
It's a shame that we've lost some of the traditions that were associated with Pentecost which brought home the explosive power that the Apostles experienced in the Upper Room. Canon Mark Oakley in his book "By Way of the Heart" describes one tradition that used to take place in Bavaria in Germany.
On the Feast of Pentecost a wooden dove was lowered down through the roof of the church to remind the congregation of the symbolism of the Holy Spirit hovering over them. But then, as the dove was lowered, choristers hiding in the roof would tip buckets of water over the congregation to literally drench people with God's Spirit. The parishioner who got the most wet was given the title of the "Pentecost Bird." Maybe you should be thankful that you're watching this at home and not sitting in the church just in case!
We wear red vestments at Pentecost as a reminder of the flames of fire that appeared over the heads of the Apostles. But there is also a subtle reference to the Holy Spirit every time we say the Creed, the prayer of the Church. In the Creed we declare: "I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life."
It was new life that the Apostles received from God in the Upper Room and it is this new life, an opportunity to share in His eternal life, which we should be praying for today.
Pentecost invites us to reflect upon our openness and our response to the outpouring of the Spirit in our lives but it also encourages us to step out from the safety of the Upper Room and to go out into the world. Boats are safest when they are moored in a harbour but that isn't what boats are designed for. In the same way, we too are invited to discern the task that Jesus is calling us to do in the service of His Church and then to go out and do it, confident that the Holy Spirit is still at work in our world today just as it was on the day of Pentecost.