Notable Feast Days this Week:

May 25 - Venerable Bede, 735 (Western)
May 26 - Augustine of Canterbury, 605 (Anglican, Eastern)
May 27 - Augustine of Canterbury (Roman Catholic)
May 27 - Venerable Bede (Eastern)
May 28 - Ignatius, Rostov, 1288
May 29 - Theodosia, Constantinople, 730
May 29 - Maximin, Bishop of Trier, 346

May 30 - Isaac the Confessor, 410
May 31 - Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Western)

Revised Common Lectionary

Acts 2:1-21 / Numbers 11:24-30
Psalm 104:24-34; 35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 
John 20:19-23 / John 7:37-39

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Red

Day of Pentecost / May 31, 2020

Fire Descends

On Pentecost the fierce love of the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Jesus (Acts 2:1-21). Jesus also talked about the Holy Spirit as the living water poured out for those who thirst for him (John 7:37-39). Those who declare that Jesus is Lord have received a manifestation of this Spirit given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:3b-13). Jesus' original disciples received the Holy Spirit after his resurrection and were sent out to continue Jesus' mission (John 20:19-23). The glory of God is revealed as all of creation is renewed and purified through the power of the Holy Spirit (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b).

Psalm 104:24-34; 35b
Scripture Readings

"How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures...All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time...when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified...When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground...I will sing to the Lord all my life...May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord."

Commentary on Psalm 104
AugustineJerome Creach

John 20John 7Acts 2, Numbers 11
1 Corinthians 12Psalm 104

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 104

Acts 2:1-21
Jesus' followers are filled with the Spirit

Numbers 11:24-30
The Spirit and the elders of Israel

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
Gifts from the Holy Spirit

John 20:19-23
Sent with the Holy Spirit

John 7:37-39
Living water through the Holy Spirit

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
"The Son, sharing the same nature as God the Father, has the Spirit in the same manner that the Father would be understood to have the Spirit. In other words, the Spirit is not something added or which comes from without, for it would be naïve—even insane—to hold such an opinion. But God the Father has the Spirit, just as each one of us has our own breath within us that pours forth from the innermost parts of the body. This is why Christ physically breathed on his disciples, showing that as the breath proceeds physically from the human mouth, so too does Christ, in a manner befitting God, pour forth the [Spirit] from the divine essence." -Cyril of Jerusalem
Collect for The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer
Day of Pentecost
May 31 (Western) and June 7 (Eastern)

"Ten days after the ascension of Christ and fifty days after his resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. In the first century, Pentecost was already an established Jewish festival also known as the Feast of Weeks, which drew people from many nations back to Jerusalem (Lev. 23:15-21; Deut. 16:16). Pentecost symbolizes a new beginning...In celebrating Pentecost, the church expresses gratitude for Christ fulfilling his promise to send “another counselor” (John 14:16); celebrates the work of the Spirit in renewing all of creation; professes confidence in the Spirit’s power for its mission, and grows in awareness of its calling to reach the world with the  gospel."
-from The Worship Sourcebook and this article from the CIOCW


"The history of Christendom is the history of an operation. It is an operation of the Holy Ghost towards Christ, under the conditions of our humanity; and it was our humanity which gave the signal, as it were, for that operation. The visible beginning of the Church is at Pentecost, but that is only a result of is actual beginning – and ending – in heaven."

-Charles Williams (1886-1945) in The Descent of the Dove

Video Art Poetry

The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The onedischage from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre of pyre-
To be redeemed from fire by fire.

Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire . . .

-from T.S. Eliot "Little Gidding"
in The Four Quartets

Collect for The Day of Pentecost
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for Pentecost from 

Hymns related to Psalm 104 from

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select for Pentecost

Veni Sancte Spiritus | Taize Community | Leadsheet

Come, Spirit, Come | by Wendell Kimbrough | Chord Chart

Come Holy Ghost | by the Schaals | Leadsheet 

Lord Send Out Your Spirit (Psalm 104) | by David Mares

Psalm 104 | by Wendell Kimbrough | Leadsheet and Orchestration  

Songs for Pentecost and the Holy Spirit | Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

We Sing the Mighty Power of God | by Isaac Watts, Arranged by Greg Scheer | Leadsheet

Abbeville (Come, Holy Spirit) | Sacred Harp, arranged by Liz Jaynes | Leadsheet

Come, Holy Ghost (Veni Creator Spiritus) | Arranged by Bruce Benedict and Ray Mills | Leadsheets

Creation Song (Glory to the Lamb) | by Fernando Ortega, based on Ps. 104 | Leadsheet

Psalm 104 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 104 | Metrical Options
Music for Listening
Come Holy Spirit Sacred Harp
Veni Sancte Spiritus by Mozart

Cum Sancto Spiritu by J.S. Bach 
Come Holy Ghost by the Schaals 
Veni Creator (Creator Spiritus) by Arvo Pärt
Pentecost (The Holy Spirit) contemplative Spotify playlist

The Orthodox Troparion of Pentecost chanted by Fr. Apostolos Hill
Thematic Art 
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