image by a follower of Bernard van Orley, c 1530, North Carolina Museum of Art
Be pleased to visit your Church with the Holy Spirit.
Renew the day of Pentecost in our midst,
and in the midst of all gatherings of your people,
may there come a downfall of the holy fire,
the uprising of the heavenly wind.
May matters that are now slow and dead become quick and full of life,
and may the Lord Jesus Christ be exalted in the midst of his Church
which is his fullness – “the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”
May multitudes be converted.
May they come flocking to Christ with holy eagerness
to find in him a refuge as the doves fly to the dovecote.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-1892, English Baptist preacher and author
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.