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LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE OF ALL GIFTS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 14:16-26

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

(Joel 2:28-32; John 16:5-16; Acts 2:1-13; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:1-7)

16 And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever.

17 The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while: and the world seeth me no more. But you see me: because I live, and you shall live.

20 In that day you shall know, that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

22 Judas saith to him, not the Iscariot: Lord, how is it, that thou wilt manifest thyself to us, and not to the world?

23 Jesus answered, and said to him: 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.

24 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.

25 These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you.

26 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.

 
Before ascending into heaven, Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit which would be sent (Acts 1:4-5). After seeing Jesus ascend into heaven, they returned with joy to Jerusalem; and for the next nine days they prayed in the Upper Room with the Blessed Virgin for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:12-14).
On the Day of Pentecost (the same day that the Law was given to Israel), the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles with the sound of a mighty wind and in appearance as tongues of fire (Acts 2:1-3). And from that moment, they were never the same again because they had now been filled with Fire from Heaven and proclaimed the Gospel with passion and conviction. In one sense, that was the birth of the Church – and just as Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit has remained with the Church through the ages to lead her into all truth. The same Spirit that inspired the Apostles in the inerrancy of the New Testament also continues to lead the Church so that she will never depart into error.
As we meditate upon this Mystery, let us ask Our Mother to pray with us that we might continually walk in the grace that was given to us at our Confirmation – the day that we were sealed with the Holy Spirit and given the strength to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim 6:12, 2 Tim 4:7).
Our Father......

1.  Jesus said, "I will ask the Father and he will give you another Paraclete, to be with you always."  (Jn. 14:16)  
Hail Mary...

2.  "The Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will instruct you in everything, and 
remind you of all that I told you."  (Jn. 14:26)  - Hail Mary...

3.  "Within a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."  (Acts. 1:5)  - Hail Mary...

4.  "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you are to be my witnesses in 
Jerusalem, throughout Judea....and even to the ends of the earth."  (Acts. 1:8)  - Hail Mary...

5.  When the day of Pentecost came it found them gathered in one place.  Suddenly from up in the sky there 
came a noise like a strong driving wind, which was heard all through the house.  (Acts. 2:1-2)  - 
Hail Mary...

6.  Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them.  All were filled with the Holy 
Spirit.  (Acts. 2:3)  - Hail Mary...

7.  They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted 
them.  (Acts. 2:4)  - Hail Mary...

8.  Staying in Jerusalem at the time were devout men of every nation.  These heard the sound, and assembled 
in a large crowd.  They were confused because each heard the disciples speaking in his own language.
(Acts. 2:5-6)  - Hail Mary...

9.  Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed them, "You must reform and be baptized, each one of you, in 
the name of Jesus Christ, that your sins may be forgiven;  then you will receive the Holy Spirit."  (Acts. 2: 38)  
Hail Mary...

10.  Those who accepted his message were baptized;  some three thousand were added that day.  (Acts. 2:41)  
Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 


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