Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday 23 May 2021, fifty days after Easter Sunday.

It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Our Lady and the Apostles.



PRAY WITH ARCHBISHOP BERNARD - NOVENA FROM ASCENSION TO PENTECOST


‘That God may raise us up’

Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven. (Lk 24:51)

Lift us up with you, Lord Jesus Christ,

from the sickness, suffering, fear and grief of these last months.

Bless all that your body, the Church, has achieved through her worship of God

and her care of God’s children.

Renew the Holy Spirit among us,

that, sent like your apostles, to the people of our diocese,

all may contribute to the proclamation of God’s word

and to the growth of God’s kingdom.

Amen






Thy Kingdom Come

Birmingham Churches Together - daily video reflections

Staffordshire Churches - daily video reflections

The global prayer movement runs from Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday and includes the Pentecost Novena, nine days of intercessory prayer for evangelisation and renewal of the Church.

Each day has a dedicated intercession, followed by the Pentecost sequence:

Come, Holy Spirit, come,
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine.

Come, Father of the poor,
Come, source of all our store.
Come, within our bosoms shine.

You, of all comforters best;
You the soul’s most welcome guest.
Sweet refreshment here below.

In our labour, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most Blessed Light Divine,
Shine within these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill.

Where you are not, we have naught.
Nothing good in deed or thought
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your 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.

On the faithful, who adore.
And confess you, evermore.
In your sevenfold gift descend.

Give us virtue’s sure reward.
Give us your salvation, Lord.
Give us joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.

DOWNLOAD the Pentecost Novena booklet

LISTEN to a podcast of the Pentecost Novena

Thy Kingdom Come offers lots of resources including a Prayer Journal, Prayer Stations, daily videos and a digital Family Prayer Adventure Map.


Pray24Brum:Thy Kingdom Come

Churches, groups and individuals across the Archdiocese are being invited to take part in a 24-hour prayer relay as part of Thy Kingdom Come.

Locally Stephanie Neville (Carrs Lane Lived Community), Hilary Johnson (Central England Quakers), Laurence Sharman (World Prayer Centre) and Robert Mountford (Birmingham Churches Together) are organising a 24-hour prayer relay, to take place from 9am on Friday 14 May to 9am on Saturday 15 May.




The God Who Speaks - The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Highlights for May from the national scripture campaign:

A Pentecost Novena on the Environment.

Dr Maria Heath from Northampton Diocese encourages us to look at Pentecost and discipleship through three words: Wait, Go and Come.

Rosie McIntyre from Portsmouth Diocese shows how the Holy Spirit communicates well beyond words in our communities of people with learning disabilities.

Canon Chris Thomas looks at how the Spirit was always part of Jesus’ life, and after Ascension and Pentecost, how the Spirit became the animator of the early Church.

Fleur Dorrell takes us on a flight path of the dove through the Old and New Testament, exploring the significance of the dove in our Theology and Faith.

The God Who Speaks - Pentecost


Friends of the Holy Land - Pentecost Challenge

Can you help Friends of the Holy Land with their latest campaign - encouraging people to walk or cycle 84 miles, the distance from Bethlehem to Nazareth, to raise funds to help support education across the region and help keep pupils in their schools?


Pentecost Given to Be Given - online retreat

Hosted by the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality, Oxford, running between 3 May – 21 May.

“The Holy Spirit is the unpredictable power of God’s word” - Pope Francis.

Each evening we will listen to a video presentation setting a theme for reflection. These presentations will help guide our conversations and afterwards will be followed up by sending reflections to ponder after each session.

Pentecost Schedule

Week 1 (6-8 pm)
Monday 3 May, The Father’s Loving Plan
Friday 7 May, The Joy Of The Gospel

Week 2 (6-8 pm)
Monday 10 May, The Gift Of The Spirit
Friday 14 May, Unwrapping God’s Spirit

Week 3 (6-8 pm)
Monday 17 May, Encountering God’s Spirit
Friday 21 May, Living In The Spirit


Register for online retreat


OneLife Music - Pentecost live stream

Friday 21 May at 11am.

This free Pentecost offering will be a lovely time of music, prayer and reflection.

Join from school or home as we celebrate the birthday of the Church and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through music and sharing.


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