Thursday, June 6, 2019
From Mother Vicki
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Collect for Pentecost Sunday
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the end of the Easter Season and the celebration of the birthday of the Church! It was on Pentecost that the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples in such a way that they were able to witness to everyone who gathered in Jerusalem from all different parts of the known world in their own native languages. This must have been an exciting and surprising experience! In order to imagine what that felt like, we will be hearing and seeing our second reading, Acts 2:1-21, in English, French, German, Hindi and American Sign Language simultaneously. You will not want to miss this!
Also, we are thrilled that we will have two baptisms on Sunday: Phillip Larsen, who is nine months old, and Nya Rivera who is thirteen months old. Prayers for them both and for their parents and Godparents on this momentous day!
For those who get this first as an e-blast, please don’t forget to join us at our Episcopal Table at the Yonkers LGBTQ Pride Event on Saturday, June 8 from noon until 8 p.m. on Main Street. We’ll look forward to seeing you there! And if you are seeing this on Sunday, thanks to all who volunteered their time. This is a joyful and wondrous event!
Thanks to the Saint John’s Festival Choir, Conductor Bob Sirota and Tenor Soloist Jason Slayden for the beautiful anthem on Sunday, full of the Holy Spirit! Thanks be to God.
Our liturgical color for Pentecost is red. I look forward to celebrating this wondrous Feast Day with all of you!
Pentecost blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota