Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Ember Friday After Pentecost.
Station at The Church of The Twelve Apostles.
Indulgence of 30 Years and 30 Quarantines.
The Apse in the Church of The Twelve Apostles,
Photo: August 2012.
Source: Own work.
"The Gift of Piety awakens in our Souls an inclination and readiness to glorify God as our Father and to have a filial confidence in Him".
The Station takes place in the Church of The Twelve Apostles, who were the embodiment of The Early Church, of which The Holy Ghost was the Soul.
The bountiful harvest of the fruits of the Earth, which The Church now asks of God at the beginning of Summer, is emblematic of the wealth of Spiritual Blessings which The Holy Ghost lavishes on our Souls in these days (Epistle). And it was for this reason that The Liturgy filled the mouths of the children newly-born into The Church by Baptism with Hymns in praise of God (Introit, Offertory) and of The Spirit of The Lord "so good and sweet within us" (Alleluia).
The Gospel recounts the wonders that Jesus worked by the power of The Holy Ghost in healing the sick, and, more particularly, the man with the palsy, whose sins He remitted at the same time that He restored him to health.
The Church, built up by The Holy Ghost (Collect), follows in a very special way the example of The Divine Master at this Season, for, at Pentecost, she receives in abundance Him, Who is the remission of all sins (Postcommunion for Tuesday), and she exercises the power given her by Our Lord, when He said to her in the person of The Apostles: "Receive ye The Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them."
Let us beseech The Holy Ghost to help us in our weakness (Postcommunion) by protecting us against the attacks of our enemies (Collect).
Sequence: Veni Sancte Spiritus.
Preface: For Pentecost.
Communicantes: For Pentecost.
Hanc igitur: For Pentecost.