Prayer for the Day of Pentecost

O God of the nations,
you who speak to all in their own language,
you unto whom all are alike,
black and white, female and male, bond and free:
pour down your spirit upon us;
let its thunder ring in our hearts
as it calls us into your love,
which became flesh in the person of Jesus;
let it teach our tongues to name the wounds
that have long festered in our body,
until we know at last how to pray for their healing;
let it teach us to hear the sighs too deep for words,
the groanings in the hearts of our fellow saints;
let it teach us to speak the long-awaited word of comfort;
let it teach us to pray your kingdom into our midst
until, Great God Almighty, we are free at last.


  1. Kevin Barney says:

    I just gave the opening prayer and mentioned Pentecost. I imagine we have some confused folks In the pews.

  2. No worries, Kevin: the Spirit will translate Christian into Mormon for them.

  3. Amen.

  4. Beautifully poetic and moving. Thank you.

  5. Thank you so much. I needed this after brief/partial exposure to today’s Music and the Spoken Word with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” “Peace Like a River” and John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth”. I will come back to your Prayer for the Day of Pentecost often today.

  6. Fred Voros says:

    Beautiful. Amen and amen.

  7. Amen. Thank you.
    Jason, I assume this is your work? Just for proper credit and cite.

  8. Yes, but liturgists don’t usually get credit, and rightly so. Feel free to use/quote it wherever.

  9. Thank you, Jason.

    JR, besides the normal selections, the choir had a bonus performance afterward of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” for the members of the NAACP board. For anyone not familiar with the text, it’s worth pulling up a copy of the lyrics to follow along as you listen.

  10. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is powerful. Here’s my favorite version:

  11. Thank you. I am home resting an injured foot and this was the spiritual gem of my day.

  12. Kristin Brown says:

    Amy T, thank you for posting. What an honor to watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir give tribute to the NAACP. It was interesting to watch the audience naturally stand for this anthem. The spirit must have been strong to see these two organizations stand united in song and service.

  13. That’s an impressive performance, Jason.

    Isn’t it something else, Kristin? There are difficult and tragic things happening now, but also many good and powerful things.

    The first time I heard the Roland Carter arrangement, the one the Tabernacle Choir performed, was last year at the meetings of Sons & Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage, sung by a choir from Rider University. I looked back at the recording from Thom Reed (of FamilySearch and the Freedmen’s Bureau Project) and it looks like it may be going viral, including among members of historic black churches, some of them using the hashtags #PentecostSunday and #PentecostFire, bringing it all back around to Jason’s prayer and the traditional Christian celebration of the day.

  14. Kristin Brown says:

    Amy- I could feel the love and respect coming from both organizations. A wonderful treat for the Sabbath. I also reviewed the link you posted of Dr. Ronald Coleman. Fascinating history. Thank you. I usually search the links posted in the comments. I love learning.

  15. Amy T: I love that things are circling around in this way. Something beautiful, there.

    The last high note in that performance stuns me every time. Wow…

  16. Lily C Darais says:

    Amen. So timely, both for Pentacost and also for the events of this past week. Thank you.

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