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21 May 2017
6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17
Psalm 65: 1-7, 16, 20
1 Peter 3: 15-18
The Gospel of John  14: 15-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever, that Spirit of truth whom the world can never receive since it neither sees nor knows him; but you know him, because he is with you, he is in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you. In a short time the world will no longer see me; but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will understand that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you. Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me; and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and show myself to him.’

Life in the Holy spirit

The Spirit blows where He wills, so we are not able to draw up any exclusive norms concerning his interventions in people’s lives … But for anyone who wants to seize the supernatural waves of the Holy Spirit there is one rule: the interior life. It is within the soul that the encounter with this inexpressible guest takes place. Man becomes a “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1Cor 3,16; 6,19). Christians today, very often, even those consecrated to God, tend to become more and more secular. But they cannot and must not ever forget this fundamental requirement of interior life if they want their lives to remain Christian and animated by the Holy Spirit. Pentecost has been preceded by eight days of recollection and prayer. Interior silence is necessary in order to hear God’s word, feel his presence, hear his call.

Our minds today are far too turned outwards; we do not know how to meditate, how to pray. We do not know how to silence all the noise made inside us by outside interests, images, feelings. There is no peaceful, dedicated space in our hearts for the flame of Pentecost… The conclusion is obvious: we need to give the interior life its place in the ordering of our tumultuous lives; a place that is special, silent, and pure. We need to recollect ourselves so the life-giving and sanctifying Spirit may dwell within us.
Pope Paul VI, General Audience 17/05/1972

Saints of the week
Mon 22 St. Rita of Cascia, Religious
Thur 25 The Ascension of the Lord, Solemnity (Holy Day of Obligation)
Fri 26 St. Philip Neri, Priest
Sat 27 St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop

Psalter Week II

Next Sunday’s Readings
Acts 1: 12-14
Psalm 26: 1, 4, 7-8
1 Peter 4: 13-16
John 17: 1-11

The Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord

The fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven (Mk 16:19, Lk 24:51, Acts 1:2) falls on Thursday and it is one of the most solemn feasts in the calendar along with the feasts of the Passion, Easter and Pentecost.

Tradition designates Mount Olivet near Bethany as the place where Christ left the earth. The observance of this feast is of great antiquity, St. Gregory of Nyssa and St. John Chrysostom speak extensively about it, while St. Augustine comments on it as already existing long before his time. The Latin term Ascensio indicates that Christ was raised up by His own power, the liturgy of this feast commemorates his definite triumph over evil, therefore, the Church celebrates the completion of the work of our salvation, the pledge of our glorification with Christ, and His entry into heaven with our human nature glorified.
Cf. Catholic Encyclopedia, Feast of the Ascension

WEEKLY NEWS

The Ascension of the Lord Holy Day of Obligation, Thursday 25 May, Holy Mass will be at 12pm in Agia Kyriaki and at 6pm in Polis.

CARITAS PAPHOS current needs

  • Nοn-perishable food to support approximately 40 households a week in the Paphos area.
  • Computer whiz to manage crowdfunding appeals.
  • Teachers for basic Greek.
  • Transportation of students (lifts).
  • Prayers and donations always help. Contact Wendy Burdon 99 040294.

Passion of the Lord 2017 video Available, ask Fr. Fernando for a digital copy of the movie and pics (bring your flash drive). Donations are welcomed to help with our next Passion of the Lord.

Sundowner Party at the Tala Amphitheatre Café Wed 24 May, 6:30pm, €2.50 tall glass of wine. Entrance €3 donation. Book signing by Sir Foxley-Fox co-author Andrew Lauder, royalties from book sales worldwide will be donated to SMHC. Contact Michele 99528943.

Archangel Michael Hospice: Volunteers needed in the areas of reception, nursing assistants and cafeteria. Contact Mona 99494140

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