Day of Pentecost – 23 May

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Acts 2.1–21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’
 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
 “In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
   and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
   and your old men shall dream dreams.
 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
   in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
     and they shall prophesy.
 And I will show portents in the heaven above
   and signs on the earth below,
     blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
 The sun shall be turned to darkness
   and the moon to blood,
     before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Psalm 104.26–37
      O Lord, how manifold are your works!
   In wisdom you have made them all;
      the earth is full of your creatures.
      There is the sea, spread far and wide,
   and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
      There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
   which you have made to play in the deep.
      All of these look to you
   to give them their food in due season.
      When you give it them, they gather it;
   you open your hand and they are filled with good.
      When you hide your face they are troubled;
   when you take away their breath,
      they die and return again to the dust.
      When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
   and you renew the face of the earth.
      May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
   may the Lord rejoice in his works;
      He looks on the earth and it trembles;
   he touches the mountains and they smoke.
      I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
   I will make music to my God while I have my being.
      So shall my song please him
   while I rejoice in the Lord.
      Let sinners be consumed out of the earth
      and the wicked be no more.
   Bless the Lord, O my soul.