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Cover the Earth Pentecost Zoom

THIS SATURDAY, MAY 22nd - PENTECOST EVE! I hope you will join us for the Cover the Earth Pentecost Prayer Zoom Event to pray for the Holy Spirit to rush onto each person who attends and cover the earth with His love and fire! Join us 5:30PM California Time, from wherever you are in the world to press in for a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit in each of our lives and the Church around the world. Expect some inspiration about the Holy Spirit and the more He wants to give us via video, testimony and exhortation. Then, expect God to MOVE as we pray together.
We will have corporate prayer, as well as opportunities to be prayed for by others for baptism in the Spirit, impartation, healing, and whatever else the Lord wants to do! Email [email protected] and put "registration for Pentecost Zoom" -- we'll email you the Zoom link for the evening.  Invite your friends!
 
For motivation to share Jesus check out Reggie's talk at Burning Ones on Friday, May 14th about evangelization! Livestream or in person at 6PM
 

Holy Spirit Novena

Dearest Holy Spirit, confiding in Your deep, personal love for me, I am making this novena for the following request, if it be Your Holy Will to grant it:
(mention your request).:  

Let Your Holy Spirit be palpably present to each of us as we pray and seek You these 9 Days and beyond. Please pour out a greater portion of Your Holy Spirit on each of us present here at these meetings, on all our family and friends, the parishioners and friends of St. Vincent’s, and upon Your Universal Church.  Bless us with new gifts, fruits and charisms-- that we might work more effectively to build up Your Church. Anoint us with Your power to do what Jesus did and the “greater things” that He promised. We ask for charisms of prophecy, healing, preaching, teaching, prayer tongues, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, deliverance, discernment of spirits, hospitality, evangelism, administration, music, mighty deeds, miracles, faith to move mountains, and all other gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit.  We also ask that you will heal us and our family and friends—heart, mind, body and soul--and free us from any bondage.  You are a miracle working God, and we ask You for miracles to be done in our midst to the glory of Your name.  We ask for visions, and dreams from the Lord and that our spiritual senses would be open to hear, see, smell, taste and feel in the spirit.  We ask for wisdom and discernment and a greater ability to KNOW the voice of Our Good Shepherd, Jesus, and to FOLLOW wherever He calls with total surrender.  We ask this for ourselves, our family and friends and all the world.  And we ask awakening to come to all the people—that hearts would be turned to God like never before, and that You would send laborers…send us…out for the harvest. We repent for our sins, the sins of the world and of our ancestors and  plead the Blood of Jesus and His mercy over our families and over all the world.

Teach me, Divine Spirit, to know and seek my last end; grant me the holy fear of God; grant me true contrition and patience.
Do not let me fall into sin. Give me an increase of faith, hope and charity, and bring forth in my soul all the virtues proper to my state in life.  Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus and an obedient child of the Church. Give me efficacious grace sufficient to keep the Commandments and to receive the Sacraments worthily.  Give me the four Cardinal Virtues, Your Seven Gifts, Your Twelve Fruits.  Raise me to perfection in the state of life to which You have called me and lead me through a happy death to everlasting life. I ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Other Pentecost Prep Ideas from last year's 9 Days Event:

Commit to personal prayer, fasting and worship when we are not together as well--to really consecrate this 9 days to press-in to God like never before, to ask that we might receive, to listen for His voice, and to ask for the faith to believe that He will come in power.   Here is the suggested "at-home" regimen, to get the most out of this (i.e. put the most into this for the glory of God and see a great return on your sacrifice of praise from a God who will not be outdone in generosity). 
 
Fasting
You are encouraged to offer a fast during these nine days--pray about what God is calling you to give up.  Don't be afraid to go more sacrificial than you ever have before.  Two years ago our parish did a 21 consecrated fast for an outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and for healing in our lives and families.  Many people fasted in ways beyond what they ever had before, and with us all doing it together, there was a lot of grace, and A LOT of answered prayer.  
 
Worship
You are encouraged to soak your day in worship of God-- songs that are fully dedicated to worshipping Him and adoring who He is are also a great idea to immerse your heart, mind, car ride, bedroom in....as Fr. Alex has said, our worship attracts the angels and draws the Presence of God toward us (as we draw near to Him). 
 
Prayer
We will certainly be praying together, but it is (as always) necessary to have your own personal prayer time with Jesus...if you are not in the habit of this yet--what a great time to start! Commit to 15 or 30 minutes a day to just sit with Jesus--to listen to His heart and share yours with Him, to prayerfully read the Scriptures, to use your imagination to interact with God and hear what He is saying, to journal about your experience etc.  If you already have a holy hour a day, why not increase your time with Jesus during these nine days, and really immerse yourself in pursuing God and listening for His voice?  The corporate prayer as a group is awesome...but it should be leading us each into deeper personal union with Jesus...and as well, that personal walk with Jesus being strengthened will strengthen our ability to walk in the charisms He gives us to build up the Church and pray for others--it's a win-win;-)
Upper Zoom

A continuation and fruit of our 9 Days Event where over 50 people a night pressed in for nine consecutive days leading up to Pentecost and God kept his promise--flooding us with the power of the Holy Spirit and lots of new gifts and charisms.  

Now we gather weekly on Zoom to pray together, discuss what the Holy Spirit is up to, read about the gifts and charisms of the H

oly Spirit and "practice" the gifts as we pray for one another over Zoom. 

Join us Tuesdays 6PM-8PM (PST) on Zoom!  

Newcomers always welcome--zoom on in from wherever you are in the world!:-)

 In the New Year, we'll be using a great resource called "A Key to the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church."  This was a book originally given to myself and other leaders of the old school Upper Room by Fr. Louis Solcia.  It is a great

book written in question/answer format that goes through the gifts and workings of the renewal chapter by chapter (see listing below) that will help us to grow in knowledge and practice of the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit.  It's also got a great inspiration/fire-you-up anointing on it! The other benefit is that it's available in a Free PDF format, that you can read on your phone/computer. 

 
I want to encourage everyone to read along ---I've put the plan below for the chapter we will cover each week so you can read and be ready for the meeting--we will have a time to discuss the chapter--what stood out, what questions we had, or perhaps what additions we might add from our own experiences. Next week, we will start with Chapter 1--so the idea is to read the chapter before you come to the meeting.
 
If you would like to order a hard-copy of the book, Amazo
n has some used copies as well. You do not have to read the chapter in order to come to the meeting, but I definitely want to encourage you to do so, so you can not only get the most out of the meetings/grow in deeper discipleship as you accomplish this weekly commitment to spiritual reading and growing in the knowledge of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 
 
As far as schedule for the meetings, we will aim for something like this:
6:00 Gather/mingle
6:05 Scriptural Decade of the Rosary
6:10 Protection Prayer
6:15 Praise reports: Approximately 3 people to share, about 3 minutes each.
6:25 Teaching/Book chapter or video
6:50 Praise Song7:00 Group prayer in the Holy Spirit (pray in tongues, intercede, share what Holy Spirit is saying) 
7:20 Prayer over individuals*
7:55 Closing Prayer 

WHERE WE STARTED:

Scroll for the History of the 9 Days Event and some Glory Stories and answered prayers that came from it!

Original invitation to 9 Days:

AKA: Holy Spirit Intensive Zoom prayer meetings.... Because the Holy Spirit can bust through and do His thing even over the internet!

Join us for a Holy Spirit experience....whether you have experienced a Baptism in the Holy Spirit, or have no idea what that even means--if you are hungry for more of God and want to get closer to Him, then this is the Zoom Retreat for you!

Just like the apostles obeyed Jesus and did not depart when He told them to stay and wait for the "promise of the Father," we are going to dare to press-in together for the same promise of the Father--the Holy Spirit--who is as alive and well today as He was at Pentecost and in the early Church!

What to expect:  A different person sharing a testimony each night about the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Teaching and discussion on the charisms of the Holy Spirit. Resources (non-mandatory daily "homework" for those who want --videos and other teachings that will help you grow in deeper understanding/theological grounding regarding the Holy Spirit and His gifts and charisms), Prayer together: Daily Holy Spirit novena, decade of the rosary, worship, spontaneous prayer, and encouragement to offer a fast, however God directs you for these 9 days, as we unite together in prayer for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our own lives, in our community, and the whole world!

All are welcome...seekers, soakers, and anyone who is curious or just wants more of God! Dare to press in to the promise of the Father and EXPECT miracles!

This is a FREE event.  You may come to some or all of the meetings. 

Meetings are Friday, May 22nd through Saturday, May 30th nightly  7:30-8:30....or longer for those who want to stay (no pressure either way -- just come when you can!:-)

Register by emailing [email protected] and putting "Registration for 9 Days" in the subject line  -- you will be put on the email list with resources specific to this retreat, and most importantly the Zoom Meeting ID and Password. 

GOD IS GOOD AND HE KEEPS HIS PROMISES!! Here are some ways that God answered our prayers in ways beyond what we could ask or imagine:

  • Around 40-50 people attended per night. Many of the same ppl came back all nine nights and prayed together for over 4 hours a night. In total, about 90 different people came to at least some of the Zoom meetings--one from Australia, one from Japan and a few on the East Coast, in addition to our San Diego central crew. 
  • About 10-15 people received the gift of tongues for the fist time over course of 9 days.
  • Many ppl felt the tangible presence of God in a heat or fire on their body. There were visions (I’ll forward one or two of Mary’s) or fire and God setting us on fire as a group.
  • Many people received an image or accurate scripture or other prophecy for someone for the first time.
  • Healings: Someone's knee was healed, someone's shoulder, someone with migraine's, other people reported some form of big or little physical healing and many with emotional healing.  
  • Many people received the gift of tears and joy/laughter/drunk in Spirit too. Ultimately, God’s love and power awed us all.
  • A couple ppl reported having dreams for the first time that seemed prophetic
  • Reggie and 3 others from 9 Days group Went to Walmart and offered to pray for people prayed for ppl. One person pain of a level 8/10 in his back went down to no pain. Lots of ppl felt loved and appreciated the prayers.

All of the above happened during the 9 Days of Zoom Meetings May 22- May 30th, 2020, and since then even more fruit has been reported, as many continue to enter into deeper intimacy with the Holy Spirit, to grow in the charisms and to step out of the boat to use them to make the Kingdom of God manifest on earth.  Many have a new zeal for evangelism and are sharing the good news in word and deed, praying with family, friends and strangers for healing, a word from God and more.  If you participated, and haven't yet shared your story--write it down or send us a video so we can share it here! Email [email protected] with testimonies.