Happy Pentecost Good People.
Today as we celebrate this great Feast of Pentecost we welcome Alice, Morteza, Anna and Nancy who embarked on a journey with us last year through the RCIA. They long for the day when after the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted we can gather to witness and support them as they are baptised and received fully into our community of faith. Joining them we have Nieve, Jarrad and Sharon, along with Chris who cannot be here today, who have begun their journey through the RCIA and will be baptised and received in Easter next year.
Please pray for them as we enter into this great Feast which is seen as the birthday of the Christian Church and the culmination of Eastertide.
It is the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Church’s mission to the world – a mission to bring people to God.
Prayers of the Faithful
Celebrant: Dear friends, blessed with the gifts of the Spirit, we make the good news known in our words and works of mercy. Let us pray as one for the healing of the world.
Commentator: We pray for the Earth, our common home. May the Spirit of creation stir up in us a fierce love for the world placed in our care.
Commentator: We pray for Christian communities around the world. May Mary, mother of the church, be for all believers a model of life laid open to the Spirit of God.
Commentator: We pray for nations long struggling with poverty, conflict and adversity. May the added threat of the coronavirus call forth a new spirit of active solidarity.
Commentator: We pray for all who have lost jobs and livelihoods in the arts, entertainment and tourism industries. May their hardship be eased by appreciative community support.
Commentator: We pray for students and teachers at every level of the education system. May they manage the resumption of work with wisdom, confidence and enthusiasm.
Commentator: We pray for the RCIA Candidates Alice, Morteza, Anna, Nancy, Nieve, Jarrad, Sharon and Chris. May the Holy Spirit accompany them in using their various gifts especially during this current Coronavirus crisis.
Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Pellegrino Corbo, Amber Potter, Juletta Seymon, Giovanni Pisano, Aurora Pascual and Bevan Wilson who passed away recently, Mary D’Souza, Marivic Costales, Michael Grima, Lionel Egbert D’Monte, Magdalena Adriano, Spencer Nagy, Julian Kekesi, Mildred Rodrigues, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble. May they be raised up in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Closing Prayer :
Celebrant: God of all grace, you never cease to renew us in spirit. Free us from fear and self-concern and set us on the path of joyful love. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.