Sunday, 15 May 2016

Pentecost Sunday


Nocturn I (Acts 2:1-3; 6-11; 12-15; 16-21

Reading 1: And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place:  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them:

R. When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, alleluia, and suddenly there came a sound from heaven, alleluia.
* as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled all the house, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, there suddenly came upon them a sound from heaven.
R. As of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house, alleluia, alleluia.

Reading 2: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue.  And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome,
 Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

R. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak, as the Holy Ghost gave them utterance;
* And the multitude came together, saying: Alleluia.
V. The Apostles spoke in divers tongues the wonderful works of God.
R. And the multitude came together, saying: Alleluia.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. And the multitude came together, saying: Alleluia.

Reading 3: And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this?  But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine. But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words.  For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day:

R. Henceforth I call you not servants, but I have called you My friends, because ye have known all things, whatsoever I have done among you. Alleluia.
* Receive ye the Holy Ghost, Who is your Comforter within you; the Same is He Whom the Father will send unto you. Alleluia.
V. Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
R. Receive ye the Holy Ghost Who is your Comforter within you; the Same is He Whom the Father will send unto you. Alleluia.

Reading 4:  But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel:  And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of 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.  And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy.  And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come.And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.

R. The Holy Ghost, Which proceedeth from the Throne, entered unseen into the hearts of the Apostles, with a new token of sanctification, even
* That all manner of tongues should spring to their lips. Alleluia.
V. The fire of God fell, not to burn them, but to enlighten them, and gave them gifts of grace.
R. That all manner of tongues should spring to their lips. Alleluia.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. That all manner of tongues should spring to their lips. Alleluia.

Nocturn II. Leo the Great - Sermon 1 on Pentecost. Ch. 1

Reading 5: Dearly beloved, all Catholics know in their hearts that Pentecost is to be esteemed as one of the most important festivals. There is no question but that we owe great reverence to that day which the Holy Spirit has sanctified by his most excellent and wondrous Gift.

R. There appeared  unto the Apostles cloven tongues like as of fire, alleluia:
* And the Holy Ghost rested upon each one of them, alleluia, alleluia.
V. And they began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
R. And the Holy Ghost rested upon each one of them, alleluia, alleluia.

Reading 6: For this is the tenth day since the Lord ascended high above all heavens to sit down at the right hand of God the Father, and it is the fiftieth since his Resurrection, whereon the Lord initiated and made manifest mighty mysteries, binding together the old and the new covenants: thereby plainly revealing that grace was foreshadowed by the law, and that law has been perfected by grace.

R. The Apostles did speak with other tongues the wonderful works of God,* As the Spirit gave them utterance, alleluia.
V. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak.
R. As the Spirit gave them utterance, alleluia.

Reading 7:  For as of old, when the Hebrews had been freed from the yoke of the Egyptians, the Law was given on Mount Sinai on the fiftieth day after the scacrifice of the Passover Lamb; so after the Passion when the true Lamb of god was slain, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and upon the company of believers on the fiftieth day after his resurrection, in order that the faithful Christian might truly perceive that the mysteries of the Old Testament provide the foundations of the Gospel, and that the second Covenant was established by the same Spirit which had instituted the first.

R. The Lord taught them good judgment and knowledge Alleluia. He established in them the grace of His Spirit
* And filled their hearts with understanding. Alleluia.
V. For with a sudden sound the Holy Ghost came upon them
R. And filled their hearts with understanding. Alleluia.

Reading 8: From this day, therefore the preaching of the Gospel hath sounded forth like a trumpet; from this day the gentle rain of the gifts of the Spirit, the rivers of blessings, have watered all the dry and thirsty desert: for the Spirit of the Lord moved upon the face of the waters, that he might renew the face of the earth.; the new flames shone forth to chase away the old darkness with the brilliancy of fiery tongues and the clarity of the Word of God; flaming eloquence is conceived, from which proceeds understanding and the doing away of sins, through the Spirit's power of consuming and enlightening as by fire.

R. Go ye into the whole world and preach the Gospel, alleluia:
* He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, alleluia,alleluia, alleluia.
V. In my name shallt hey cast out devils; they shall speak with tongues" they shall take up serpents.
R. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, alleluia,alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, alleluia,alleluia, alleluia.

Nocturn III (from St Gregory the Great)

Reading 9: Dearly beloved brethren, our best way will be to run briefly through the words which have been read from the Holy Gospel, and thereafter rest for a while quietly gazing upon the solemn subject of this great Festival. This is the day whereon "suddenly there came a sound from heaven," and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles, and, for fleshly minds, gave them minds wherein the love of God was shed abroad and, while without "there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them," within, their hearts were enkindled. While they received the visible presence of God in the form of fire, the flames of His love enwrapped them. The Holy Ghost Himself is love whence it is that John saith "God is love."

R. The Holy Ghost, Which proceedeth from the Throne, entered unseen into the hearts of the Apostles, with a new token of sanctification, even
* That all manner of tongues should spring to their lips. Alleluia.
V. The fire of God fell, not to burn them, but to enlighten them, and gave them gifts of grace.
R. That all manner of tongues should spring to their lips. Alleluia.

Reading 10: Whosoever therefore loveth God with all his soul, already hath obtained Him Whom he loveth for no man is able to love God, if He have not gained Him Whom he loveth.  But, behold, now, if I shall ask any one of you whether he loveth God, he will answer with all boldness and quietness of spirit "I do love him." But at the very beginning of this day's Lesson from the Gospel, ye have heard what the Truth saith " If a man love Me, he will keep My word." The test, then, of love, is whether it is showed by works. Hence the same John hath said in his Epistle "If a man say, I love God, and keepeth not His commandments, He is a liar."

R. The Holy Ghost filled all the house where the Apostles were and there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
* And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak in divers tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. When the disciples were all with one accord in one place, for fear of the Jews, suddenly there came a sound from heaven upon them.
R. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak in divers tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Reading 11: Then do we indeed love God, and keep His commandments, if we deny ourselves the gratification of our appetites. Whosoever still wandereth after unlawful desires, such an one plainly loveth not God, for he saith, Nay, to that which God willeth.And My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him." O my dearly beloved brethren, think what a dignity is that, to have God abiding as a guest in our heart Surely if some rich man or some powerful friend were to come into our house, we would hasten to have our whole house cleaned, lest, perchance, when he came in, he should see aught to displease his eye.

R. Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you
* That ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain. Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.
R. That ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Reading 12: So let him that would make his mind an abode for God, cleanse it from all the filth of works of iniquity. Lo, again, what saith the Truth " We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him." There are some hearts whereunto God cometh, but maketh not His abode therein with a certain pricking they feel His Presence, but in time of temptation they forget that which hath pricked them and so they turn again to work unrighteousness, even as though they had never repented.

R. The Spirit of the Lord filleth the world. *. And That Which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice. Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. For [Wisdom] is the worker of all things, having all power, overseeing all things.
R.. And That Which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R.. And That Which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice. Alleluia, alleluia.

Today's Gospel is St John 14:23-31:

23 Respondit Jesus, et dixit ei: Si quis diligit me, sermonem meum servabit, et Pater meus diliget eum, et ad eum veniemus, et mansionem apud eum faciemus; 24 qui non diligit me, sermones meos non servat. Et sermonem, quem audistis, non est meus: sed ejus qui misit me, Patris.25 Hæc locutus sum vobis apud vos manens. 26 Paraclitus autem Spiritus Sanctus, quem mittet Pater in nomine meo, ille vos docebit omnia, et suggeret vobis omnia quæcumque dixero vobis.27 Pacem relinquo vobis, pacem meam do vobis: non quomodo mundus dat, ego do vobis. Non turbetur cor vestrum, neque formidet. 28 Audistis quia ego dixi vobis: Vado, et venio ad vos. Si diligeretis me, gauderetis utique, quia vado ad Patrem: quia Pater major me est. 29 Et nunc dixi vobis priusquam fiat: ut cum factum fuerit, credatis. 30 Jam non multa loquar vobiscum: venit enim princeps mundi hujus, et in me non habet quidquam. 31 Sed ut cognoscat mundus quia diligo Patrem, et sicut mandatum dedit mihi Pater, sic facio. Surgite, eamus hinc.

[23] Jesus answered, and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him. [24] He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words. And the word which you have heard, is not mine; but the Father' s who sent me. [25] These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. [26] But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you. [27] Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [28] You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come unto you. If you loved me, you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. [29] And now I have told you before it comes to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe. [30] I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in me he hath not any thing [31] But that the world may know, that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given me commandment, so do I: Arise, let us go hence.

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