Current location: Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, United States of America.
Source/Photographer: Saint Louis Art Museum Official Site.
"The Gift of Wisdom is an illumination of the Holy Ghost, thanks to which our intellect is able to look at Revealed Truths in their more sublime light, to the greater joy of our Souls." [Reverend M. Meschler, S.J.: "The Gift of Pentecost: Meditations on the Holy Ghost," translated by Lady Amabel Kerr.]
Our Lord laid the foundations of His Church during His Public Life, and after His Resurrection He gave it the powers necessary for its mission. It was by the Holy Ghost that the Apostles were to be trained and endued with strength from on High (Gospel).
"At Pentecost, we celebrate the first manifestation of the Holy Ghost among Our Lord's Disciples and the foundation of the Church, itself." Hence, the choice of the Basilica, dedicated to Saint Peter, for today's Station.
We read, in the Gospel, that Our Lord foretold the coming of the Paraclete to His Disciples, and the Epistle shows us the realisation of that promise.
It was at the third hour of the day (Terce, nine o'clock A.M.) that the Spirit of God descended upon the Cenacle, and a mighty wind which blew suddenly upon the house, together with the appearance of tongues of fire within, were the wonderful tokens of His coming.
Taught by the "light of Thy Holy Spirit" (Collect), and filled by the gifts of the same Spirit poured out upon them (Sequence), the Apostles become new men, to go forth and renew the whole world (Introit).
It is at High Mass, at the third hour, that we also receive the Holy Spirit, whom Our Lord "going up above all the heavens, on this day sent down . . . on the children of adoption" (Preface); for each of the Mysteries of the Liturgical Cycle brings forth its Fruits of Grace in our Souls on the day which the Church keeps as its anniversary.
During Advent, we raised to the Incarnate Word the cry: "Come, Lord, and purge the sins of Thy people"; at this Season, let us, with the Church, say to the Holy Ghost: "Come, O Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of Thy Faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love" (Alleluia).
Of all ejaculatory Prayers, this is the most beautiful and necessary, for, from the Holy Ghost, that "sweet Guest of our Soul", flows all our supernatural life.
Every Parish Priest celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.
Its sentiments express the profound Mystery of The Eucharistic Miracle: "O Sacred Banquet, at which Christ is consumed, the memory of His Passion is recalled, our Souls are filled with Grace, and the pledge of future glory is given to us."
Illustration taken from Saint Andrew's Daily Missal, 1952 Edition,
with the kind permission of Saint Bonaventure Press
The First Mass for Pentecost, formerly Celebrated during the night, has, like that of Easter, ever since been an Anticipated Mass.
This Great and Solemn Festival, therefore, begins with The Vigil. In early days, the Catechumens, whom it had not been possible to Baptise at Easter, received this Sacrament at Pentecost, which explains the similarities between The Mass for The Vigil of Pentecost and The Mass for Holy Saturday.
The Mass is preceded by the Reading of Six Prophecies and The Blessing of The Water in The Baptismal Font.
It is also celebrated at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.
The Celebrant and Assistant Ministers are robed in Violet Vestments, and the Candles on the Altar are not lighted until the beginning of Mass, as on Holy Saturday.
At the end of the Prophecies, the Collect is read, but Flectamus genua is omitted.
THE BLESSING OF THE FONT.
At the end of the Prophecies, the Celebrant puts on a Violet Cope, and, while the Procession moves towards the Font, the Tract, "Sicut cervus", is sung.
Mindful of the fact that, in The Beginning, The Spirit of God moved over the Waters and made them fruitful, The Liturgy asks God to Bless the Water in the Baptismal Font, out of which will arise a purely Heavenly Race.
The officiating Priest then plunges the Paschal Candle into the Water three times, for it is by Christ, Whom the Candle typifies, that the Power of The Holy Ghost, by which our Souls are enlightened, is infused into them.
THE LITANY OF THE SAINTS.
The Liturgy, as affecting The Litany of The Saints, is the same as on Holy Saturday. Where there is no Font, the Litany begins after the Prophecies and Collects. At "Peccatores, Te rogamus audi nos", the Priest and his Assistants go to the Sacristy and put on Red Vestments, and the Candles are lit on the Altar.
At the end of the Litany, the Kyrie Eleison is Solemnly Sung, without Introit, like on Holy Saturday. At the Gloria, the Bells are also rung and the Organ begins being played.
MASS FOR THE VIGIL OF PENTECOST.
After having been Baptised "in Water and in The Holy Ghost", the Neophytes were Confirmed. All through The Mass, there are references to these two Sacraments, showing how The Holy Ghost enters into our Souls the effect He produces in them.
The Catholic Church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, London.
The High Altar,
Corpus Christi Church,
The Parish of Maiden Lane is situated in the Westminster Deanery, London. It was founded in 1873 and Consecrated on 18 October 1956. Often referred to as the “hidden gem” of The West End, the, then, Archbishop Cardinal Henry Manning said, during his Homily at The Opening Mass, that “a Sanctuary has been opened to be specifically Devoted to The Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament”.
This was the first Church Dedicated to The Blessed Sacrament after The Reformation. The famous Catholic Hymns "Sweet Sacrament Divine" and "O Sacred Heart" were written by The Parish Priest, Fr. Francis Stanfield (1835-1914). The Church is also known as “the Actors’ Church” and is the home of The Catholic Association of the Performing Arts (formerly, the Catholic Stage Guild).
A very famous Priest visitor to the Parish, over many years, was Monsignor Ronald Knox. He first preached his Forty Hours Sermon in 1926, at the invitation of Father Kearney. This became a regular feature in Mgr Knox’s diary from 1926 until 1956. These Sermons were published by Burns and Oates in 1956, under the Title “The Window in the Wall”, and the charming and touching Dedication of this book is: “To the Memory of Father Kearney and to his successors.”
For decades, The Latin Mass Society has also Celebrated Mass here. A young adults’ Prayer Group meets here, weekly, and this is a vibrant place of worship and an oasis of Prayer and calm – open all day long for visitors, tourists, those who work and live nearby, and shoppers, to pause and pray.
Unless otherwise stated, Illustrations and Text relating to Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, London, are from the CHURCH'S WEB-SITE
Adore Te Devote. Another great Hymn from Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Illustrations are: "The temptation of Saint Thomas Aquinas" by Diego Velazquez; "Triumph of Saint Thomas Aquinas over the heretics" by Filippino Lippi; "The Apotheosis of Thomas Aquinas" by Francisco de Zurbaran. Available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/-xs67InkZ3A.