As Easter draws to its fulfillment on this great day of Pentecost, a prayer for us all on the birthday of the Church:
Father most holy, your beloved Son prayed that his disciples in every generation might be one and you and he are One. Look upon this assembly gathered in his name. Fulfil in us the prayer of Jesus and crown our celebration of this Paschal Season with the Spirit’s gifts of unity and love.
Send down upon your people the flame of the Holy Spirit, and fill with the abundance of your seven-fold gift the Church you brought forth from your Son’s pierced side. May your life-giving Spirit lend fire to our words and strength to our witness. Send us forth to the nations of the world to proclaim with boldness your wondrous work of raising Jesus to your right hand.
Bring healing and peace at last to the broken places of our world and to the broken places of your Church. Show us the victory that crowns all the ages and the love that unites heaven and earth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever! Amen!
May the joy of the resurrection renew the whole world and each one of us!