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How Will You Celebrate Pentecost? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Friday, 25 May 2007 06:46
Via the Catholic Virginian (

At Fr. Jay Biber's church, St. John the Apostle, in Virginia Beach (

It is in this same Spirit that individuals and different groups — families, youth groups, prayer groups, small faith communities — are gathering at St. John the Apostle on Pentecost Sunday, to pray anew for a fresh outpouring of the graces of Pentecost, of the Holy Spirit, upon our own Diocese of Richmond and the world.

This birthday celebration of the Church begins with an opening procession in which area youth groups display their banners and with Praise and Worship, led by Josh Dart, youth minister of St. Gregory’s, Virginia Beach. Walter Matthews, executive director of the U.S. National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, will be the keynote speaker.

Father J. Morton Biber, pastor of St. John’s, will lead a procession of the Blessed Sacrament with the Knights of Columbus providing the honor guard. A potluck supper will follow.

I like the idea of praying intentionally for a fresh outpouring of the graces of Pentecost in my life, my parish, my neighborhood, my world today.

In the middle ages, Pentecost was celebrated in creative ways.

Some churches had "Holy Spirit holes" in the ceiling to symbolize their openness to God. On Pentecost, doves were released through the holes and bundles of rose petals were dropped from them onto the people gathered inside. Choirboys moved through the congregation making whooshing sounds and playing drums to remind everyone of the rush of the Spirit.

How will you and your friends, family, or parish celebrate Pentecost? What sort of transformation would you like the Holy Spirit to work in your life?

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