Pentecost – the birthday of the Church



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Together wind and fire were signs of the Holy Spirit coming to fill them. It must have been an overwhelming experience and the Spirit gave them the ability to speak in languages that were not their own. The disciples had been told that they would be witnesses to Jesus ‘in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth’.

The paragraph above is from John Randall’s Reflection for Pentecost Sunday
– available on the main menu at the top of this page. You are invited to pray the prayer (from Wild Goose) which may be found by clicking on Staying Connected – also on the main menu at the top of this page.  The verse below, from a well-known hymn, can also be used as a Pentecost prayer (and perhaps even be memorised?).

Come down, O Love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.        Bianco da Siena

And if you want to read a cautionary tale about Pentecost, click here


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The four parish churches and one chapel that comprise this benefice are all cultural icons of the communities they serve and are of considerable heritage importance.

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