The altar server often has a candlestick in his hand. How can one not think of that which Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount: You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Your service cannot be limited to the inside of a church. It must shine in everyday life: in school, in the family, and in different realms of society. Because, whoever wishes to serve Jesus Christ inside a church must be his witness everywhere. -- St. Pope John Paul II
The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. - Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 234 The Sunday June 16 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - the ineffable mystery at the center of our faith.
O Lord, may Your Sacrament fill us with holy fervor so that we may delight in the celebration and grace of this Sacred Rite. Postcommunion prayer in the 1962 Missal for the Ember Saturday after Pentecost
We offer this Sacrifice before You, O Lord. Let it be consumed by the divine fire of the Holy Spirit which enkindled the hearts of the disciples of Christ, Your Son. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord Secret prayer for Ember Friday after Pentecost in the 1962 Missal.
We spread the love of God by loving as he loves. - - St. Anthony of Padua June 13 is the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, confessor and Doctor of the Church. St. Anthony is about more than just helping find lost keys (though he can be quite helpful with lost things). He is a patron of the poor, Brazil, harvests, mariners, shipwrecks, travellers and (of course) lost articles. St. Anthony of Padua - pray for us.
Almighty and merciful God, grant that the Holy Spirit may come and dwell in us, that we may be a temple of His glory. Collect prayer for the Ember Wednesday after Pentecost in the 1962 Missal.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. - Matthew 5:14-16 From the Gospel reading for the June 11 Memorial of the apostle St Barnabas. Images from Pentecost vespers show the Paschal candle being carried to the baptismal font where Canons and parishioners renewed baptismal promises.
O God, who sent the Holy Spirit to Your apostles, answer the prayers of Your people. Bestow peace upon us, just as You have given us to believe. Collect prayer for the Monday after Pentecost in the 1962 Missal.
Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home Shed a ray of light divine! Come, Father of the poor! Come, source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms shine. You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest; Sweet refreshment here below; In our labor, rest most sweet; Grateful coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe. O most blessed Light divine, Shine within these hearts of yours, And our inmost being fill! Where you are not, we have naught, Nothing good in deed or thought, Nothing free from taint of ill. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour your dew; Wash the stains of guilt away: Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful, who adore And confess you, evermore In your sevenfold gift descend; Give them virtue’s sure reward; Give them your salvation, Lord; Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia. Children enjoying the rose petals dropped from the ceiling during the recessional at the Pentecost Mass.