“And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of a fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” (Acts. 2:2-4)
The celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the eve of Pentecost Sunday this year—June 8, gave me awesome and inexplicable feelings. During the mass, I recalled the first time I heard the song “Come Holy Spirit” when Benedictine sisters sung it during our family retreat as part of the occasion of my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. The song immediately penetrated my heart; and I was so touched that I was crying a river while it was being sung! Eventually, I learned how to sing it. I like to close my eyes every time I do…. and it still touches me!
That evening in our parish Pentecost celebration, we sang it in the mass and in our praise and worship. I did it with my eyes closed. I wanted to savor the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord for this precious gift, I whispered. The event was attended by servants belonging to 43 different ministries and organizations. There were also quite a number of parishioners who stayed in the church after the mass. As one community, we commemorated the coming down of the Holy Spirit through singing and dancing in the praise and worship led by our parish youth, and the waving of flaglets that symbolized our joy.
Yes, I felt the love of God in that beautiful event! It was a gathering of vibrant and gifted parish servants who are always ready to share themselves to our church for the greater of God! The youth enjoyed the most the singing and dancing in the praise and worship. I loved it! I felt like the Holy Spirit was rejoicing with us, dancing and singing with us! We were feasting on the abundant gift that the good Lord has showered upon us, the gift of the Holy Spirit!
During the praise and worship, we were given the chance to ask from the Holy Spirit the seven gifts – fear the Lord, wisdom, understanding, knowledge counsel, fortitude, and piety. These gifts were represented by balloons with different color for each. In every gift that we asked we would release the balloon that represented it. The gifts that we are asking will nevertheless be offered back to God through our service to His people and His Church.
What warmed my heart even more that night was our singing of the Happy Birthday song. We were like the “apostles of this generation” awed while raising their hands, waving and eagerly waiting for the coming down of the Holy Spirit! The night was culminated through a simple agape
What a beautiful celebration it was! A night to remember indeed! Thank you Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit! Happy birthday our Holy Catholic Church!