Pentecost or Whit Sunday 2016

Masses This Week

Sunday 15 May – Pentecost or Whit Sunday (I Class with Octave of the I Class) (Statio ad S. Petrum) – Solemn Mass at 3.00pm (Pro populi); Rosary and Benediction at 6.00pm
Monday 16 May – Monday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad S. Petrum ad Vincula) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)
Tuesday 17 May – Tuesday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad S. Anastasiam)  – Mass at 6.00pm (Rose Margaret Davies RIP (2012))
Wednesday 18 May – Wednesday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad S. Mariam maiorem) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)
Thursday 19 May – Thursday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad S. Laurentium extra muros) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)
Friday 20 May – Friday in the Octave of Pentecost (Statio ad Ss. Duodecim Apostolos) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention)
Saturday 21 May – Saturday in the Octave of Pentecost  (Statio ad S. Petrum) – Mass at 6.00pm (Private Intention) followed by First Vespers of Trinity Sunday
Sunday 22 May – The Octave Day of Pentecost: Feast of the Most Blessed Trinity – Solemn Mass at 11.00am (Pro populi); Rosary and Benediction at 6.00pm

All Masses are offered according to the Missale Romanum of 1962

Introit (Wisdom 1:7)

The Spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole world, alleluia; and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 67:2) Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face. Glory be… The Spirit…


O God, who on this day didst reach the hearts of Thy faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit: grant unto us, by the same Spirit, to be wise in what is right, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Epistle (Acts 2:1-11)

And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 103:30) Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth Alleluia. (Here all kneel) Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.


Come, Thou Holy Spirit, come,
And from Thy celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine

Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come, Thou source of all our store,
Come, within our bosoms shine.

Thou of Comforters the best,
Thou the soul’s delightful guest,
Sweet refreshment here below.

In our labour rest most sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.

Where Thou art not, man hath nought
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew,
On our dryness pour Thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.

Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.

On Thy faithful who adore,
And confess Thee evermore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts descend.

Give them virtue’s sure reward,
Give them Thy salvation, Lord,
Give them joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Gospel (John 14:23-31)

The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles
The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon The Apostles

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words. And the word which you have heard, is not mine; but the Father’s who sent me. These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come unto you. If you loved me, you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe. I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in me he hath not any thing. But that the world may know, that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given me commandment, so do I.—Creed

Offertory (Ps 67:29-30)

Confirm, O God, what Thou hast wrought in us; from Thy temple, which is in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to thee. Alleluia.


Sanctify, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the gifts offered up to Thee; and cleanse our hearts by the light of the Holy Spirit. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son… in the unity of the same…

Preface of the Holy Spirit

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O Holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: through Christ Our Lord. Who ascending above all the heavens, and sitting at Thy right hand, poured out on this day the promised Holy Spirit upon the children of adoption. Wherefore the whole world doth rejoice with overflowing joy; and the heavenly Hosts also and the angelic Powers sing together the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:—Sanctus

Communion (Acts 2:2-4)

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming where they were sitting, alleluia: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking the wonderful works of God, alleluia, alleluia.


May the infusion of the Holy Spirit, O Lord, cleanse our hearts, and render them fruitful by the inward sprinkling of His dew. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ… in the unity of the same…

Thought for the Week

When our Lord entered upon His Ministry, He acted as though He were a mere man, needing grace, and received the consecration of the Holy Spirit for our sakes. He became the Christ, or Anointed, that the Spirit might be seen to come from God, and to pass from Him to us. And, therefore, the heavenly Gift is not simply called the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit of God, but the Spirit of Christ, that we might clearly understand, that He comes to us from and instead of Christ. Thus St. Paul says, “God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts;” and our Lord breathed on His Apostles, saying, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost;” and He says elsewhere to them, “If I depart, I will send Him unto you.” [Gal. iv. 6. John xx. 22; xvi. 7.] Accordingly this “Holy Spirit of promise” is called “the earnest of our inheritance,” “the seal and earnest of an Unseen Saviour;” [Eph. i. 14. 2 Cor. i. 22; v. 5.] being the present pledge of Him who is absent,—or rather more than a pledge, for an earnest is not a mere token which will be taken from us when it is fulfilled, as a pledge might be, but a something in advance of what is one day to be given in full.

Blessed John Henry Newman: Sermons and Devotions

A Little Bit of History…

You may have noticed in the calendar for the next week (at the top of this post) the words Statio ad S. … – which indicate the Church in Rome (before the exile of the Popes to Avignon) where the Pope and the faithful would offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There was a solemn procession to that Church, and the procession stopped (statio) at the Church named. So for the Feast of Pentecost, for example, the procession would  have gone from the Basilica of St John Lateran (the Cathedra of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope) to the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican, where the Mass was offered. If the day was also the Feast Day of a particular Saint, the procession would proceed via that Saint’s Church in Rome.

At the Lateran Basilica there would be an assembly called a Collecta (we take our word Collect from it), then a procession with the Cross at the head, with psalms being sung and the Litany of the Saints.

To this day, before the Mass begins, the sacred ministers gather in formation with the Cross facing them, waiting for the priest (and deacon and subdeacon if a High Mass is to be offered) to join the procession. This waiting is called the Statio, which is sometimes done in the parish hall on Sundays and great  feasts, but which normally takes place in the Sacristy.

On some days of the year these Stations were penitential, such as during Advent, Lent and Ember days and on vigils, or at special times when there were chastisements going on such as war, pestilence or famine. There were also joyful Stations, such as those that fell on Sundays or on great feast days. There were seven principal churches of Rome where the Stations were most frequent: St. John in the Lateran, St. Peter in the Vatican, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, The Holy Cross in Jerusalem, and St. Sebastian Outside the Walls.

The arrangement of the Stations was completed by St. Gregory the Great, and for the first time written into the Sacramentary, and later in the Missal. The present day arrangement comes from him, though a few churches received their station-days from later popes.

When the popes left Rome for Avignon (1305-1309 A.D.), they no longer took part in the Stations. But the Stations were still kept, and the relics of the saints on that particular day were venerated. Of all the penitential processions, the greatest was on St. Mark’s day (April 25), and is simply called the “Major Litanies”. The “Minor Litanies” refers to the processions made through the fields and farms three days before the Ascension.

I must apologise for the lack of updates on the Parish Website since Easter: I have been seriously unwell for some months, and although now recovering still have a way to go. During that time I have been barely able to function, let alone offer Mass and only occasionally to pray the Office. May I humbly ask for your charitable prayers for me, that the Lord may aid my continued recovery and give me the strength and grace to try and return life to as normal as it can be.

This Tuesday, 17th May, is the anniversary of the death of my dear mother, Mrs Margaret Davies and that day’s Mass will be offered for the repose of her soul.  Your charitable prayers are requested for the repose of her soul. Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Animam eiam, et animæ omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace, Amen.

Starting soon, as an experiment, I am going to try and either broadcast a live stream of Sunday Mass or to make a video recording of the Mass to be uploaded to the website later in the day. At the moment I am not sure how I am going to achieve this from a technical point of view but will experiment during the week and see how it can be done.

‡ Peter.