Antiphon: Lord, send us your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.
Act of Adoration
I believe, my God, that I am in your presence;
that you are looking at me and listening to my prayers.
You are so great and so holy: I adore you.
You have given me everything: I thank you.
I have been so ungrateful, I ask your pardon with all my heart. You are so merciful: I ask you all the graces which you know are beneficial to me.
Before reading the Scripture: Jesus Christ our Master, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Pour out on us your Spirit, as you did on the Apostles, gathered together in prayer with Mary at Pentecost. Open our hearts to receive your Word with the humble docility of Mary and in the spirit of the apostle St Paul, so that it may bear abundant fruits of holiness and dedicated service also in our life.
Reading: On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. [Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (John 20:19-23).
Silent reflection: What does this passage from John say to me, to us, today?
R. Come, Holy Spirit source of light! Come Holy Spirit source of strength and joy, of forgiveness and peace, come! Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. And you will renew the face of the earth.
Hymn to the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Father of Light, you enlighten the mind of your disciples by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, bless us and give us the gifts of the Holy Spirit forever. May the fire which hovered over the disciples as tongues of flame, burn out all evil from our hearts and make them glow with pure light. May it disperse the divisions of words and tongue so that, with one voice and one song all races and nations on earth may proclaim your glory and praise your name in joy and thanksgiving. Amen.
Cf. The Liturgy of the Day
Conclusion: Hymn to Mother Mary.