renew your wonders in this our day as by a new Pentecost. Pope John XXIII
Over the next nine days, the Church all over the world will be praying with great fervour for a renewal of the gift of the Holy Spirit in the lives of its members. Friday 26th May marks the beginning of the Novena of Pentecost when the Church, in imitation of the Apostles after the Lord’s Ascension to heaven, prays together in anticipation of the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who governs and guides the Church through the centuries, so we too need to open our hearts through prayer to his presence. Here at St Mary’s Cathedral we encourage everyone to take part in this novena, especially for our parish, by praying for the gift of the Spirit everyday in the nine days leading up to Pentecost.
Father, pour out your Spirit upon your people,
And grant us
A new vision of your glory,
A new experience of your power,
A new faithfulness to your Word, and
A new consecration to your service,
That your love may
Grow among us,
And your kingdom come:
Through Christ our Lord.