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Double of the First Class Feast          Red Vestments

        Editor's Note: All Scriptural Readings are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The preface commentaries are a combination of thoughts from various sources. Red type indicates Our Lord's direct words in Holy Scripture. Italicized Maroon type indicates Latin with priests' refrain and server's response in bold..

        The Proper for Whitsunday, or more commonly known as Pentecost Sunday is considered the "Birthday of Holy Mother Church." Jesus had laid the foundation of the Cburch during His apostolic life, and conferred on her His powers after the Resurrection. It was left for the Holy Ghost to complete the training of the Apostles and to endow them with Divine strength (Gospel). The visible reign of Christ was succeeded by the visible reign of the Holy Ghost.
        "The Feast of Pentecost is the Commemoration of the first manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the disciples of Jesus Christ, and consequently that of the foundation of the Church." And it was for this reason that the basilica dedicated to St. Peter, the Head of the Church, was chosen for the Station held today.
        Jesus, as the Gospel tells us, has foretold to His disciples the coming of the Paraclete, and the Epistle shows how this promise was fulfilled. It was at the Third Hour that the Cenacle was filled with the Spirit of God. The marvellous outward signs of this event were a mighty wind which suddenly filled the house and the apparition of tongues of fire within.
        Instructed by the light of the Holy Ghost (Collect) and filled with the outpouring of His sevenfold gits in the Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Sequence), the Apostles were renewed, and they in their turn are going renew the whole face, of the earth (Introit, Alleluia).

    Source: Marian Missal and St. Andrew Daily Missal


      [Wisdom 1: 7] (Spiritus Domini). The Spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole earth, allel.; and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm 67: 1) Let God arise, and his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him, fly before his face. Glory be to the Father... The Spirit of the Lord...
Kyrie... and Gloria

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      O God, Who on this day didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit: grant us in the same spirit to relish what is right, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

      (Acts 2: 1-11) When the days of 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 diverse tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were. dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, 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 Pamphilia, Egypt, and the parts of Lybia 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.

Deo Gratias.

     [Psalm 103: 16] Alleluia, alleluia. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth! Alleluia. V. (Here all kneel) Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

     Veni, Sancte Spiritus

    Come, Holy Ghost, send down those beams,
    Which sweetly flow in silent streams.
    From Thy bright throne above.

    O, come Thou Father of the poor,
    O, come Thou source of all our store,
    Come fill our hearts with love.

    O Thou of comforters the best,
    O Thou, the soul's delightful guest.
    The pilgrim's sweet relief.

    Rest art Thou, in our toil most sweet
    Refreshment in the noon-day heat.
    And solace in our grief.

    O blessed light of life Thou art,
    Fill with Thy light the inmost hearts
    Of those that hope in Thee.

    Without Thy Godhead nothing can
    Have any price or worth in man,
    Nothing can harmless be.

    Lord, wash our sinful stains away
    Water from heaven our barren clay,
    Our wounds and bruises heal.

    To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow,
    Warm with Thy love, our hearts of snow,
    Our wandering feet recall.

    Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord,
    Whose only hope is in Thy Word,
    Thy sevenfold gift of grace.

    Grant us in life Thy grace, that we
    In peace may die, and ever be
    In joy before Thy face. Amen. Alleluia.

Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum N...
Gloria tibi, Domine.

      (John 14: 23-31) At this time, Jesus saith 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 came 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 anything. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father hath given Me commandment, so do I."
Laus tibi, Christe.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

     (Psalm 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, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts which we offer Thee, and cleanse our hearts by the light of the Holy Ghost. Through our Lord - in the unity of the same Holy Ghost. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God... Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.


    Dominus Vobiscum.
    Et cum spiritu tuo.
    Sursum Corda
    Habemus ad Dominum
    Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
    Dignum et justum est.
Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: per Christum Dominum nostrum. Qui ascendens super omnes coelos sedensque ad dexteram tuam, promissum Spiritum Sanctum (hodierna die) in filios adoptionis effudit. Quapropter profusis gaudiis, totus in orbe terrarum mundus exsultat. Sed et supernae Virtutes, atque andelicae Potestates, hymnum gloriae tuae concinunt, sine fine dicentes: SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS... It it 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 in the heavens and sitting at Thy Right Hand, poured out the 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: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY...

     (Acts 2: 2, 4) Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming (and it filled the house) where they were sitting, alleluia; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking the wonderful works of God, alleluia, alleluia.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      May the outpouring of the Holy Ghost purify our hearts, O Lord, and by the inward sprinkling of His heavenly dew may they be made fruitful. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

For the Prayers at the End of the Low Mass, see Leonine Prayers


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