Rector’s Letter for the Day of Pentecost, Whit Sunday 5th June 2022

Dear sisters and brothers

This Sunday the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee collide with the Feast of Pentecost, when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. But a connection can be made between the two events.

At the Queen’s Coronation, just before the Archbishop of Canterbury anointed her with the oil of Chrism this prayer was said:

Strengthen her, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost the Comforter;

Confirm and stablish her with thy free and princely Spirit,

the Spirit of wisdom and government,

the Spirit of counsel and ghostly strength,

the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness,

and fill her, O Lord, with the Spirit of thy holy fear,

now and for ever;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Through the act of anointing, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within our monarch, set her apart for her life of service, and has strengthened and sustained her throughout her reign. The joy of Pentecost is that the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us as well, to strengthen our life together in the Church, and to sustain us in our mission and service to the world.

It is the Holy Spirit which unites us in Christ, and empowers us in the work ahead.

This Sunday join us as we celebrate the Queen’s reign*. Join us to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the world. Join us as we celebrate life together, bound together by the God who is with us.

With all blessings,

Fr Edward

*A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s Reign is being held in St Wilfrid’s Church at 11am this Sunday 5th June (Day of Pentecost), following Said Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at 8am and Sung Eucharist at 9.15am.

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