On this page, we are sharing reflections from east London Christians on the third joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Click here for an introduction to the People's Rosary Project, and links to earlier meditations.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Acts 2.1-4

The spiritual fruit of Pentecost is hope
Olajumoke Grace, Catholic Parish of Manor Park

Throughout the pandemic, Jummy has been part of a group praying the Rosary together online in one of the worst-hit neighbourhoods of east London. Here she reflects on the fruit of their meditation on this Glorious Mystery - the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

May the Holy Spirit help us to speak the language of love... especially in this time when we are facing confusion in our lives
Sr Therese Bora, School Chaplain in Newham

Through the Holy Spirit, we are drawn into one Body in Christ. Sr Bora reflects on what it means to be incorporated into Him - and how that affects our lives in these challenging and uncertain times.

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. The Holy Spirit is the supreme gift of the risen Christ to his apostles, yet he wants that gift to reach everyone...

The Holy Spirit makes us look to the horizon and drive us to the very outskirts of existence in order to proclaim life in Jesus Christ. Let us ask ourselves: do we tend to stay closed in on ourselves, on our group, or do we let the Holy Spirit open us to mission?

Pope Francis, Pentecost 2013

You are invited to pray the Rosary now.

Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus who sent upon us the Holy Spirit.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

If you have not prayed the Rosary before, you can read our introductory page here.

The People's Rosary is a project of the Centre for Theology and Community and De Mazenod Retreat House in east London.

We are grateful for the support of the Lady Peel Trust in developing this project.