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Mass of Illumination

posted 29 May 2015, 15:29 by Michelle Virgona
Last Sunday the Church celebrated Pentecost Sunday. For Christians we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus. Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were followers of Jesus, but no movement that could be meaningfully called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which the church was started. This is also true from a spiritual perspective, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and enlivens it. Thus Pentecost is the church’s birthday. 

The Pentecost celebration at the Holy Name of Mary Church included the Masses of Illumination. These very special liturgies signified the presence of the Spirit within each of us, but on a more creative level with the sound of the wind, the lighting of lanterns, the movement of a dove and the saying of universal prayers in many languages. Thank you to those people in our community who helped to create the power of the Spirit this weekend.