||HMWN Celebrates Eight Years
(May 8th 2013)
~ THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD ~
Jesus said to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature...” ~ Mark 16:15
The Lord realized their state of mind and consoled them once more, promising the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter: "He commanded them," we read in the Epistle (Acts 1:1-11), "that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father... you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit, not many days hence." Read more...
Psalm 47: Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands,
shout to God with cries of gladness,
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
Then the Apostles, placing their trust in the word of Jesus, which would henceforth be their only support, they returned to Jerusalem where, in the Cenacle, they awaited in prayer the fulfillment of the promise for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
We are reminded that the gospels are written, that we might come to believe in our Lord and have life in his name.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle within them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be re-created and
join you in renewing the face of the earth.
Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of May
General: "That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful. "
"That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection."
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS: First General Audience
Brothers and sisters, good morning!
I am pleased to welcome you to my first general audience. With deep gratitude and veneration I am taking up the "witness" from the hands of my beloved predecessor, Benedict XVI. After Easter we will resume the catechesis on the Year of Faith. Today I would like to focus a little on Holy Week. With Palm Sunday we began this week - the center of the whole liturgical year - in which we accompany Jesus in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Read full text of the Holy Father’s message (Vatican Radio translation)...
Prayer of preparation for Pentecost
Come Holy Spirit, create in us your home, so that our hearts may be filled with courage, our minds with wisdom and understanding, and our lives with energy.
We pray that in fulfilling your dreams for us we may listen to your promptings, share your joy, your peace, your patience, your kindness and your goodness. Keep us, and all people, free from harm as we ask you:
"Come Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love." ~ Amen
(O King of glory, Lord of powers, Who as One triumphant this day ascended above all the heavens, leave us not orphans: but send the promise of the Father into us, the Spirit of truth, alleluia.)