May 2, 2017 Dear Bishops, Very Rev. and Rev. Fathers, Deacons and Faithful of our Holy Church, Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!  Alleluia!.  As we celebrate the joy of the Resurrection and give praise and glory to God during this Easter season - we also have an eye on the coming Solemnity of Pentecost and are reminded of the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church. The Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, continues to teach, govern and sanctify the Church.  It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that our Lord continues to be present to His Church through the Sacraments.  Do we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us?  Do we embrace the gifts of the Holy Spirit to keep us firm in our commitment to Christ and His Holy Church? The gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Strength, Godliness and fear of the Lord.    As we are called during this month to commit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit - let us remember the declaration we made after we received the Sacrament of Confirmation: On this solemn day of my life, the day on which I received the Sacrament of Confirmation,   I publicly declare before Almighty God, His holy Church, and all here present, that I shall be a faithful member of Christ's Church   Strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit,   I promise to do all in my power to live according to the Commandments of God and fulfill His holy will.         I promise to avoid sin, the occasion of sin and evil companionship.   I promise to remember always, and in all places, that I am a member of the Polish National Catholic Church and to faithfully fulfill all my obligations towards this Church.   So help me, God, one in the Blessed Trinity and all the saints.  Amen.   Prayer to the Holy Spirit: (2006 PNCC Missal - Mass of Pentecost) Let us pray:  Holy Spirit, Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, have mercy on us.  As You descended upon the disciples in the upper room, so now once again descend upon Your Church.  Inflame our hearts, enlighten our minds and purify our souls.  For together with the Father and the Son You live and reign, one God, forever and ever. Reflection from God's Word (1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13) Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - as we were all made to drink of one Spirit.    Christ and our Holy Catholic and Apostolic PNCC and when in doubt just "Be Kind". May God bless and may the Spirit guide you and your family.