Ascension Day to Pentecost

May 8, 2018 by

Collect for the Sunday after Ascension Day:

O God the King of glory,

you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ

with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:

we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,

but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us

and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.


The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome  (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!  Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Acts 2:1-12


Collect for the Day of Pentecost:

God, who at this time

taught the hearts of your faithful people

by sending them the light of the 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 Jesus Christ our Saviour,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.



THY KINGDOM COME Global Prayer Initiative 10-20 May: website

Praying for people to know Jesus, from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website

Song: Your Kingdom come

What does it mean to pray “thy Kingdom come?” by Albert Mohler. Ligonier Ministries

Why is the Ascension so important? By Jeff Robinson, The Gospel Coalition


Editor’s note: Anglican Mainstream has for a long time highlighted serious concerns about the general trajectory of the Church of England in terms of its spiritual leadership of the nation. However we believe that Thy Kingdom Come, an initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to encourage a focus on worship, prayer and evangelism during the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost, is good and worth supporting. We encourage all readers to join this ‘wave of prayer’, that there would be a turning to Jesus in repentance, faith and submission to God’s word.

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