Prayers for Pentecost

Pentecost (also sometimes called Whit Sunday or Whitsunday) is the day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples as reported in Acts 2. It’s celebrated seven weeks after Easter Sunday, which is this coming Sunday this year.

This set of prayers for an Anglican rosary is designed for Pentecost, but it can be used any time of year to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon each of us. It can serve as an important reminder of this part of the trinity that we often overlook.

The simple prayer for the week beads is designed to also operate as a breath prayer. The first sentence (Come, Holy Spirit!) goes with the inhale, and the second sentence (Live in my heart today.) goes with the exhale. It’s a lovely way to slow down and truly contemplate the words. It can also be carried into your day by itself to go with your breath at any moment.

Cross:The love of God has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:5)
In the name of the Creator, Son, and Spirit,
Hear our prayers, O Lord.
Invitatory bead:Come, O Holy Spirit.
Come as Holy Fire and burn in us,
come as Holy Wind and cleanse us within,
come as Holy Light and lead us in the darkness,
come as Holy Truth and dispel our ignorance,
come as Holy Power and enable our weakness,
come as Holy Life and dwell in us.
Convict us, convert us, consecrate us,
until we are set free from the service of ourselves,
to be your servants to the world.
(prayer by John Henry Newman)
Cruciform beads:God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
may the gifts of your Spirit
be our goal and our strength,
now and always.
(from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, p. 340)
Week beads 1-7:Come, Holy Spirit! Live in my heart today.
Invitatory bead:May the Holy Spirit within me
strengthen me,
encourage me,
protect me,
and guide me
today and every day.
Cross:Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.



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