Pentecost Sunday 19 May

Pentecost Sunday is the celebration of God’s hand guiding the Christian community from its early beginnings to today. 

The new and definitive Covenant is no longer founded on a law that is written on two stone tablets, but on the action of the Spirit of God which makes all things new and is etched on hearts of flesh”  (Pope Francis, General Audience, 19 June 2019). 

'Descent of the Holy Spirit' by Mikhail Vrubel (1885)

With Pentecost, the Church was born and her evangelizing mission began.

Readings for Mass of the day

Acts 2: 1-11  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak different languages.

Ps 103. R. Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

Gal 5:16-25  The fruit of the Spirit.

Alleluia, alleluia! Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia!

John 15:26-27; 16:12-15  The Spirit of truth will guide you into all the truth.


Homily Studio podcast 

During the week leading up to Pentecost listen to a 30-minute conversation HERE

More on this feast from the Vatican HERE


There are beautiful hymns composed for Pentecost, many are available on Youtube for example:

Songs to the Holy Spirit: Pentecost hymns. Sunday7pm choir.

Send us your Spirit - Schutte 


Veni Sancte Spiritus (Taize chant)

Lyrics: Veni Sancte Spiritus (Repeated throughout)

Come, Holy Spirit, from heaven shine forth with your glorious light. Veni Sancte Spiritus 

Come, Father of the poor, come, generous Spirit, come, light of our hearts. Veni Sancte Spiritus 

Come from the four winds, O Spirit, come breath of God; disperse the shadows over us, renew and strengthen your people. Veni Sancte Spiritus 

Most kindly warming light! Enter the inmost depths of our hearts, for we are faithful to you. Without your presence we have nothing worthy, nothing pure. Veni Sancte Spiritus

You are only comforter, Peace of the soul. In the heat you shade us; in our labour you refresh us, and in trouble you are our strength. Veni Sancte Spiritus 

On all who put their trust in you and receive you in faith, shower all your gifts. Grant that they may grow in you and persevere to the end. Give them lasting joy! Veni Sancte Spiritus

Ascribed to Rabanus Maurus (776-856)