May 19, 2024
by Cynthia Schmersal
Creighton University's Division of Mission and Ministry
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Pentecost Sunday
Lectionary: 63  

Acts 2:1-11
Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or
Galatians 5:16-25
John 20:19-23

Praying Ordinary Time

Pope Francis' homily on Pentecost last year

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

An Easter Blessing

Easter Joy in Everyday Life

Lord, send out Your Spirit,
              Renew the face of the earth.

To Ukraine, to Haiti, to Gaza, to all places of war and violence,
              Lord, send out Your Spirit,
                             Transform turmoil into lasting peace.

To the millions of our sisters and brothers who are forcibly displaced from their homes
              And who now live as refugees and migrants,
              Lord, send out Your Spirit,
                             Shelter them in Your abiding embrace.

To all who suffer in body, mind and spirit, who struggle to hope,
              Lord, send out Your Spirit,
                             Anoint them in Your love.

To an earth that blisters and bleeds, groaning from the strain we inflict upon it,
              Lord, send out Your Spirit,
                             Renew its face.

To Your beloved who are without what they need to survive, let alone thrive,
              Lord, send out Your Spirit,
                            Pry us open;
                             Remind us of our belonging and responsibility to one another.

To the places of brokenness and fractured relationship in our communities and our families,
              Lord, send out Your Spirit,
                            Be our reconciler; bind us in love.

To the corners in each of our lives and hearts in need of healing and renewal,
              Lord, send out Your Spirit,
                             Renew us.

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