Regina Coeli Address: On the Coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete

ZENIT - English | 5/26/2019 | Virginia Forrester
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Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today, before and after praying the midday Regina Coeli with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Before the Regina Coeli:

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

The Gospel of this Sixth Sunday of Easter offers us a passage of Jesus’ address to the Apostles during the Last Supper (Cf. John 14:23-29). He speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit and makes a promise: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (v. 26). As the moment of the cross draws near, Jesus reassures the Apostles that they will not remain alone: the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, will always be with them, who will sustain them in the mission to take the Gospel to the whole world. In the original Greek language, the word “Paraclete” means to be next to, to sustain and console. Jesus returns to the Father, but He continues to instruct and encourage His disciples through the action of the Holy Spirit.

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Of what does the Holy Spirit’s mission consist, which Jesus promises as a gift? He himself says it: “He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” In the course of His earthly life, Jesus transmitted all that He wished to entrust to the Apostles: He brought the divine Revelation to fulfillment, namely, all that the Father willed to say to humanity with the Incarnation of the Son. The task of the Holy Spirit is to make one remember, namely, to understand fully and to induce one to carry out concretely Jesus’ teachings. And this is, in fact, the mission of the Church, she does so...
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