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30 May - 8 June 2014
"The first well-spring of renewing action is prayer, which connects us with the Spirit of Christ who is 'He who renews the face of the Earth."
Blessed Elena Guerra
ICCRS announces with great joy the continuing journey of the world-wide PENTECOST OF THE NATIONS project to be held during the Pentecost Novena, May 30 - June 7 and on Pentecost Day, June 8, 2014. It is a two-part project - Operation Upper Room and Pentecost Day Celebration / Together We Pray and Together We Celebrate, which touches many countries in all continents, involving tens of thousands of individuals.
Pentecost for the Nations, phase II, is an integral component of Towards the CCR Golden Jubilee – A New Pentecost for a New Evangelization, Stage 2 for 2014-2015, Fanning the Flame, 2 Tim 1:6-7 (Click here). At the 2013, Solemnity of Pentecost Holy Mass with the Ecclesial Movements, Pope Francis stated …The Holy Spirit is the soul of mission. The events that took place in Jerusalem almost two thousand years ago are not something far removed from us; they are events which affect us and become a lived experience in each of us. The Pentecost of the Upper Room in Jerusalem is the beginning, a beginning which endures.
Deep wells of grace - In 1895, on the promptings of Bl. Elena, Pope Leo XIII asked all the faithful to celebrate a solemn novena (9 days of prayer) perpetually between Ascension and Pentecost for the unity of Christianity. For this, Leo XIII suggested a special formula of prayer to be included: Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of Earth. Another strategic moment in our journey was the Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II in 2001, Novo Millennio Ineunte, ‘At the beginning of the new millennium”. This letter brings to us a key phrase, Duc in Altum - Cast your nets out into the deep. (Lk 5.4) Again to the CCR John Paul II declared, I pray most fervently that your communities and the entire Charismatic Renewal will “put out into the deep” of prayer in order to “put out into the deep of mission”.
Phase I of Pentecost of the Nations was a three-year journey. The first and second steps were taken at Pentecost 2008 and 2009. The third step culminated on Pentecost Day, May 2010 in Assisi at the ICCRS International Intercession Event, The Road to Pentecost. However that was not the end of our journey, it was only a beginning. Phase II of Pentecost of the Nations began a seven year journey that will end with the 50th anniversary celebration of the CCR in 2017, only to start another beginning which endures. Pentecost of the Nations is built on solid ground at the heart of the Church.
It is a project for All Nations – In Your Nation. It is one answer that the worldwide CCR offers since 2008 in response to the desire expressed by Popes’ John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis that the spirituality of Pentecost will spread for a new Culture of Pentecost in the Church for New Evangelization (JPII, May 2004 – Benedict XVI, Sept 2005, Francis, May 2013).
Plan to join the Pentecost for the Nations Experience:
All can join in a united ICCRS CCR Pentecost for the Nations effort - Consider yourselves bridge-builders in conveying and promoting Pentecost of the Nations – May 30-June 8, 2014, to the various CCR realities in your areas/regions encouraging them to link together, in an atmosphere of communion, thereby forging stronger links into global Pentecost of the Nations prayer and celebration experiences.