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Pentecost is upon is today, and Veni Sancte Spiritus, sometimes called the “Golden Sequence” or “Pentecost Sequence” is a sequence prescribed in the Roman Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecost. It is usually attributed to either the thirteenth-century Pope Innocent III or to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Stephen Langton, although it has been attributed to others as well.
Veni Sancte Spiritus is one of only four medieval Sequences which were preserved in the Missale Romanum published in 1570 following the Council of Trent (1545–63). Before Trent many feasts had their own sequences. It is still sung today, having survived the liturgical changes following the Second Vatican Council.
It has been set to music by a number of composers, especially during the Renaissance, including Dufay, Josquin, Willaert, Palestrina, John Dunstaple, Lassus, Victoria, and Byrd. Later composers who have set the text include Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen, Frank La Rocca and most familiarly to Catholics, Samuel Webbe.
Come, O Holy Spirit, come!
From your bright and blissful Home
Rays of healing light impart.
Come, Father of the poor,
Source of gifts that will endure
Light of ev’ry human heart.
You, of all consolers best,
Of the soul, most kindly Guest,
Quick’ning courage do bestow.
In hard labor You are rest,
In the heat You refresh best,
And solace give in our woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Let Your radiance in us shine,
And our inmost being fill.
Nothing good by man is thought,
Nothing right by him is wrought,
When he spurns Your gracious Will.
Cleanse our souls from sinful stain,
Lave our dryness with Your rain
Heal our wounds and mend our way.
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful who in You,
Trust with childlike piety,
Deign your sevenfold gift to send.
Give them virtue’s rich increase,
Saving grace to die in peace,
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
Born to Greek parents in Samaria, Justin received a classical Greek education but became a Christian around 135. He saw Christianity as the fulfillment of Plato’s highest aspirations. After teaching Christian philosophy at Ephesus, he went to Rome, where he engaged in public debates, opened a school of Christian philosophy and wrote major works in apologetics and philosophy. About 165, during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Justin was scourged and beheaded with six other Christians after he refused to sacrifice to idols.
This week the Catholic Communication campaign is reminding us of our duty to recognize life, and to fight the death penalty. Pope Francis stated “All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom.
Prayer to End the Use of the Death Penalty
Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty.
We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be respected and protected in all stages and circumstances.
We pray for victims of violence and their families, that they may experience our love and support and find comfort in your compassion and in the promise of eternal life.
We pray for those on death row, that their lives may be spared, that the innocent may be freed and that the guilty may come to acknowledge their faults and seek reconciliation with you.
We pray for the families of those who are facing execution, that they may be comforted by your love and compassion.
We pray for civic leaders, that they may commit themselves to respecting every human life and ending the use of the death penalty in our land.
Compassionate Father, give us wisdom and hearts filled with your love. Guide us as we work to end the use of the death penalty and to build a society that truly chooses life in all situations.
We ask this Father through your Son Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
This prayer was originally published on www.USCCB.org.
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All volunteers in our parish who serve in any capacity are invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon which will be on Saturday, June 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the outdoor patio area near the Mary Room. A light lunch will be served. Please sign up in the vestibule or call the office so we can adequately prepare for everyone. Thanks to all volunteers for their continued support at the St. Josephs Parish
The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. The Ascension will be celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter, May 28th.
Our Religious Education classes are over for the year. Parents, thank you for your ongoing support.
Next year all our classes will be back stronger as our Catechist Teachers and Aides continue to inspire our faith by engaging and enriching your child in class. Our dedicated staff will always foster a loving and caring
environment and provide the best in spreading the Good News in our programs. Psalm 23 is a beloved psalm that says it best about our programs: We share our confident trust that our Lord is with us now and forever, and provides all we need.
A very special thank you to all our Catechist Teachers and Aides this year. We appreciate all you do for our parish children. Next year in Religious Education grades 1-5 Catechist Teachers returning: Iris Rooney in second grade, Michael Doherty, Netty Garcia and Dina Ellis in third grade, and Liz Cass in fourth/fifth grade, and substitute Teacher Christine Sanfelice. In First Eucharist, Patty Lester, Laureen Jacobi, Karen Conley, and Kathy Thomas will journey with children and parents as the children prepare to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist during the Easter Season next year.
We are excited to introduce Shauna Scott who will teach Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sunday mornings at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Look for a complete list of our incredible Teachers and Aides this summer in the bulletin. Registration begins in the middle of August, for Religious Education grades 1 -5, Lambs for Jesus, and First Eucharist. Children’s Liturgy of the Word happens on Sunday’s at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, registration for this program is not required but requested. Look in the bulletin for information on our classes this summer.
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Pope John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous. The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ’s spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.
Praying the Rosary
Familiarize yourself and/or your group with the prayers of
Make the Sign of the Cross.
Holding the Crucifix, say the Apostles’ Creed.
On the first bead, say an Our Father.
Say one Hail Mary on each of the next three beads.
Say the Glory Be
For each of the five decades, announce the Mystery (perhaps
followed by a brief reading from Scripture) then say
the Our Father.
While fingering each of the ten beads of the decade, next
say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery. Then
say a Glory Be.
(After finishing each decade, some say the following prayer
requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: O my Jesus,
forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead
all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need
of your mercy.)
After saying the five decades, say the Hail, Holy Queen,
followed by this dialogue and prayer:
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray: O God, whose Only Begotten Son, by his life, Death, and Resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord.
(A prayer to St. Joseph may also follow.) Conclude the Rosary
with the Sign of the Cross.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and
was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
“Why do search for the living among the dead? He is not here. He has been raised up just as He said!” [Luke 24: 5, Matthew 28: 6] And where did He go?! He’s sitting on our little altar in the Adoration Chapel! That’s where HE IS! (The great I AM is sitting on our little altar, imagine!)
Currently vacant: Mon 2AM, Mon 11PM, Tues 12AM (Mon midnight), Tues 3AM, Wed 3AM, Thurs 2AM, Thurs 3AM, every other Fri 11AM, Sat 2AM, Sat 3AM.
Co-adorer wanted: Wed 7AM, Wed 4PM.
Is Jesus calling you to a particular hour each week? If you cannot commit to a regular hour, would you like to try being a substitute? Call Nina & Larry Wagner at (831) 479-8597, or email [email protected] to sign up. (Current adorers and substitutes, please give us with your current email address. Thank you!) May our Good God, Who cannot be outdone in generosity, reward you!
Lectio Divina for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
We begin our prayer:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O God, life of the faithful, glory of the humble, blessedness of the just, listen kindly to the prayers of those who call on you, that they who thirst for what you generously promise may always have their fill of your plenty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Read the following Scripture two or three times.
Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will runaway from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions:
• What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
• What in this passage comforted you?
• What in this passage challenged you?
If practicing lectio divina as a family or in a group,
after the reflection time, invite the participants to share
Read the scripture passage again, followed by this reflection:
How does this passage connect with the experience of your daily life?
As the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. To what is God calling me? Where is God leading me?
The sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. Where do I hear the voice of God? How do I recognize Jesus’ voice in the tumult of daily life?
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. How does faith make my life richer? How can I share this abundance with those I meet?
Read the scripture passage one more time. Bring to the Lord the praise, petition, or thanksgiving that the Word inspires in you.
After all have had a chance to make their prayer, all
recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following:
The joyful shout of deliverance is heard in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand works valiantly;
the Lord’s right hand is raised;
the Lord’s right hand works valiantly.”
I shall not die but live and declare the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord chastised me harshly, but did not hand me over to death.