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This Sunday's Readings

Church of the Sacred Heart


19 MAY 2024


Let us pray.


O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast

sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation,

pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit

across the face of the earth

and, with the divine grace that was at work

when the Gospel was first proclaimed,

fill now once more the hearts of believers.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.






First Reading 


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.           2:1-11


They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak


When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.


    Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’


The word of the Lord.


Response: Thanks be to God.




Responsorial Psalm


R.  Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.


Bless the Lord, my soul!

    Lord God, how great you are,

How many are your works, O Lord!

    The earth is full of your riches.


R.  Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.


You take back your spirit, they die,

    returning to the dust from which they came.

You send forth your spirit, they are created;

    and you renew the face of the earth.


R.  Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.


May the glory of the Lord last for ever!

    May the Lord rejoice in his works!

May my thoughts be pleasing to him.

    I find my joy in the Lord.


R.  Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.




Second Reading 


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.               12:3-7,12-13


In the one Spirit we were all baptised


No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit.


    There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. 


    Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.


The word of the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God.





Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,

From the clear celestial height

Thy pure beaming radiance give.


Come, thou Father of the poor,

Come with treasures which endure

Come, thou light of all that live!


Thou, of all consolers best,

Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,

Dost refreshing peace bestow


Thou in toil art comfort sweet

Pleasant coolness in the heat

Solace in the midst of woe.


Light immortal, Light divine,

Visit thou these hearts of thine,

And our inmost being fill:


If thou take thy grace away,

Nothing pure in man will stay

All his good is turned to ill.


Heal our wounds, our strength renew

On our dryness pour thy dew

Wash the stains of guilt away:


Bend the stubborn heart and will

Melt the frozen, warm the chill

Guide the steps that go astray.


Thou, on us who evermore

Thee confess and thee adore,

With thy sevenfold gifts descend:


Give us comfort when we die

Give us life with thee on high

Give us joys that never end.


Gospel Acclamation                                                                                  


Alleluia! Alleluia!


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love.








A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.                 20:19-23


Response: Glory to you, O Lord.


As the Father sent me, so am I sending you: receive the Holy Spirit


In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.


‘As the Father sent me,

so am I sending you.’


After saying this he breathed on them and said:


‘Receive the Holy Spirit.

For those whose sins you forgive,

they are forgiven;

for those whose sins you retain,

they are retained.’


The Gospel of the Lord.


Response: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.




Prayer Of The Faithful


Introduction: The Holy Spirit has united us as one people, one family, one Body in Christ. With faith and confidence, let us present our prayers to God our Father.


Response: Lord, we pray as one.


1. That we will treasure the gift of the Holy Spirit and be obedient to the directions of the Holy Spirit to do God’s will. We pray to the Lord.


2. That the Church may experience a new Pentecost every day, and may realize its mission to proclaim the love of Christ to the world. We pray to the Lord.


3. That all those who are suffering in any way may experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit, through those who are inspired to help them. We pray to the Lord.


4. That the Holy Spirit may enable all nations to live in peace and harmony with one another. We pray to the Lord.


5. For our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the Universal Church, that his Apostolic Visit to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Singapore may inspire us to bring the joy of the Gospel to all peoples, renew and strengthen our faith, convert hearts, foster unity, and bring hope to humanity. We pray to the Lord.


6. We now pray in silence for other needs and intentions …

For these other needs and intentions, we pray to the Lord.


Conclusion: God our Father, look with love on our prayers as it is the Holy Spirit who has inspired them for Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord.




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