Dear Friends of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Alleluia! The church is open again! Come and pray, and give thanks to God. Come adore our Blessed Lord in the tabernacle. He is waiting for you.
On this Sunday between the Ascension and Pentecost Holy Mother Church encourages us to meditate on the disciples gathered around our Blessed Mother in the upper room. Obedient to our Lord’s instructions, they were waiting for the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete, Whom our Lord had promised to send.
They did not just wait. They were united in charity and they prayed. As the book of Acts says: They “were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus” (Acts1:14). Saint Peter may well have had this moment in mind when he wrote the words of today’s epistle: “Be prudent therefore and watch in prayers. But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves.” (1 Pet. 4:7,8). In their prayers, that holy group of 120 persons would have given thanks to God for the great grace of having known and believed in the Saviour. They would have given thanks for being eyewitnesses of our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection. Furthermore, they would have prayed in petition for the coming of the promised Paraclete. As we know, after Ascension Thursday, they watched and prayed for nine days (the first novena) and the Holy Ghost descended upon them on the tenth day, Pentecost Sunday.
We would do well to imitate the Apostles and prepare for the upcoming feast of Pentecost by praying a novena to the Holy Ghost. A very pious and salutary custom is to sing or recite the Veni Creator (see below) on the nine days from the Saturday after the Ascension until Pentecost Sunday. In our prayers we must give thanks to God for the ability to visit Him once again before the Tabernacle in His churches. Let us also beseech Him that we might be able to offer publicly our homage to our Creator in the Mass and the sacraments soon.
Wishing you a blessed week,