Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 20: 19-23
This Collect recalls the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit
on the day of Pentecost when flames appeared on the heads of the
disciples after a great wind from heaven had blown through their
house. Breath is often used as a way of describing the Spirit of
God. Christians believe that through the things God has done, and
is doing, the world will be renewed and the kingdom of love
and peace will be established.
(Collect for the Day of Pentecost)