On the evening of Saturday, May 14, 2016, the parishioners of the Presentation of the Child Jesus began their celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. A couple of parish servants wish to share their experiences when they attended the praise and worship services and the Mass that evening.
#FAMBOND: ENKINDLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
by Minnie Ramas, MLC
It was one of those rare Saturday church activities and Anticipated Mass that our family decided to participate as we normally serve during Sundays at 6:00am. We joined the Pentecost celebration and yes, I could personally attest that it opened my children’s eyes, that beyond their church service, prayers whispered during the day, a different worship enkindled with the Holy Spirit can be experienced
Brief talks on sharing their own personal experiences, equipped with worship songs lullabied my thoughts on how effective and meaningful this celebration was. The Holy Spirit filled me and my family that night and it was an experience worth sharing with other community members.
I hope that somehow, the activity helped instill in my children how powerful the Lord is and through the Holy Spirit, how He can work wonders as both my boys said, “ We hope PCJ will have more of these activities.”
Amazed, I thought that maybe it was because of having effective speakers, the songs that filled their hearts, the melodious accompaniment of the band, Bishop Jesse Mercado’s simple yet meaningful homily, Fr. Rodel Paulino’s ardent prayers for the community, the throng of PCJ family in red tops. But definitely, with 100% certainty that the Holy Spirit embraced my children, my family that night.
And yes Lord, we had a fambond that Saturday night. Thanks be to God, the Holy Spirit.
THE PENTECOST PRAISE AND WORSHIP
by Noel Talosig
On the day He ascended, Jesus promised: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”.
Pentecost is the glorious fulfillment of this promise.
Setting the joyful tone, The Sanloob Boys Choir ushered the May 14 Pentecost Eve celebrations at 5:00 pm , rendering the opening song and dance , “Welcome to the Family”.
The congregation joined in prayers and songs to the Holy Spirit in a vibrant and spirit-filled Praise and Worship with the music ministry of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) , led by worship leader and Chapter Head Jun Gacias.
The PCJ Scholars also helped enhance the celebrations. Personal sharing on the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives were given by Sis. Judith Grace Rivera, Head Servant of the PCJ Light of the Holy Spirit Charismatic Community, and Bro. Joseph Martinez, from the Missionary Couples of Mary for Christ (MCMC) Marriage Encounter Community and The Feast.
The Pentecost celebrations were climaxed by a high mass celebrated by His Excellency, the Most Rev. Bishop Jesse Mercado.
Fellowship with snacks followed the celebrations.
“Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth”, celebrated fifty days after Passover. It was originally a Jewish celebration of the first fruits of harvest.
The “first fruits” of a great harvest of souls began on Pentecost with the coming of the Holy Spirit . On this day, after St. Peter’s first sermon, some three thousand people believed and were baptized. God sends the Spirit of His Son, and on this day, the Church is born.