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Patristic / Medieval 
     - John 14:15-17
     - John 14:18-21
     - John 14:22-24
     - John 14:25-27
     - John 14:27-28
     - John 14:29-31

     - The Meaning of
     - Gospel
     - Lesson
Leo the Great:
     - On Whitsuntide, I.
     - On Whitsuntide, III.
     - On the Whitsuntide fast, I. 

Basil (On the Holy Spirit)
Gregory Nazianzen:
    - Fifth Theological Oration
    - Oration on Pentecost
Gregory the Great (Gospel)

Gleanings of Orthodox Fathers on Pentecost


Aquinas (On the Creed):
    - I believe in the Holy Spirit

Catena Aurea (Gospel)

Calvin (Gospel)
Calvin (Lesson)
Luther (Gospel)
Luther (Lesson)
Caroline Divines
Sparrow (Rationale for the Book of Common Prayer)

Pearson (On the Creed):
   - I believe in the Holy Ghost
Evangelical Revival
Wesley's Notes (Gospel)
Wesley's Notes (Lesson)
Oxford Movement
Newman (Gospel)
Newman 1 (Pentecost)
Newman 2 (Pentecost)
Williams (Gospel)
Williams (Lesson)
Blunt's Commentary
Scott's Commentary
Farrer (Paragraph on the Holy Sacrament)
Sayers (Pentecost)
Common Prayer Commentary

Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Lesson)
Spurgeon (Gospel)
Tillich (Gospel)
Cusick (Meeting Christ in the Liturgy)


Additional Materials
Herbert poem (Whitsunday)
Taylor (Festival Hymn for   


Keble poem (Whitsunday from The Christian Year)


"A Week at Prayer" Bulletin insert with Cdn BCP daily readings
Table of Cdn BCP daily readings for the Week of Pentecost


Link to Images of Pentecost



O SING unto the Lord a new song; / for he hath done marvellous things.                                                                            Psalm 98.1
Christ, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, / hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.               Acts 2.33
And because ye are sons, / God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.           Galatians 4.6
We all, with open face / beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
Are changed into the same image from glory to glory, / even as by the Spirit of the Lord.                                2 Corinthians 3.18
GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, / and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, / world without end.  Amen
GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.


The Collect of Pentecost is to be used daily until Trinity Sunday.    

The following additional Collect may be used on Whitsunday and the six days following.
O GOD, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon thy  disciples in Jerusalem:  Grant that we who celebrate before thee the Feast of Pentecost may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit, until we come to thine eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


THE LESSON.   Acts 2. 1.
WHEN the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  And they were all amazed, and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.


THE GOSPEL.  S. John 14. 15. 
JESUS said unto his disciples, If ye love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  Judas saith unto him, (not Iscariot,) Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The Canadian BCP Gospel ends here, but the BCP 1662 continues... 
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.  If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.  And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.  But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.




INTROIT.  Ps 68:1-6 
LET God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: / let them also that hate him flee before him.
2 Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away; / and like as wax melteth at the fire, so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God: / let them also be merry and joyful.
Ant.   O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name: / magnify him that rideth upon the heavens; praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.
5 He is a Father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows: / even God in his holy habitation.
6 He is the God that giveth the desolate a home to dwell in, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity; / but the rebellious dwell in scarceness.
Glory be. Repeat Antiphon.


GRADUAL.  Ps 68:7-10*    
7 O God, when thou wentest forth before the people, / when thou wentest through the wilderness,
8 The earth shook, and the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God: / Sinai also quaked at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
9 Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, / and refreshedst it when it was weary.
10 Thy congregation shall dwell therein; / for thou, O God, of thy goodness didst provide for the poor.
* During Eastertide, Alleluia is said twice before the psalm portion, and once after the last verse.  It may be said after each verse.

Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotions