Fr. Matthew MacDonald: What The Holy Spirit Does For Us On Pentecost

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Fr. Matthew MacDonald, SpiritualDirection, May 24, 2023

Pentecost is one of the three major feasts of the Church’s liturgical calendar in that it is next to Easter and before Christmas in prominence. Fifty days after Easter and ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, now the Father and Son send the Holy Spirit, who descends in tongues of fire (Acts 2) and give birth to the Church, giving all her members life “in the fulness of God.” (Eph 3:19) There are many themes that intersect with the Holy Spirit’s Coming. These themes will be drawn from the readings of the Mass of the Extended Vigil of Pentecost (2011 English Roman Missal). 

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