Saturday, June 11, 2011

Come Holy Spirit

This evening in our chapel we will sing the First Vespers of the Solemnity of Pentecost. What a great feast! We rejoice in the coming of the Promised Gift of our Redeemer - the Advocate, the Consoler, the Comforter - the Holy Spirit - the third Person of the Blessed Trinity!

Pentecost is one of five feasts in the Church that includes a Sequence Prayer in the Liturgy. On Pentecost Sunday we will pray or sing the following Sequence which is not taken from Scripture but is a prayer that was composed in the Middle Ages and that contains sublime truths of our Faith. Use it for your own personal prayer this weekend.

COME, Holy Spirit, send forth from heaven the rays of thy light.
Come, Father of the poor; Come, giver of gifts; Come, light of [our] hearts.
Oh blest Comforter, Sweet guest of the soul, Sweet refreshment.
In labor rest; in the heat, moderation; in tears, solace.
O most blessed Light fill the inmost heart of thy faithful.
Without your spirit, nothing is in man, nothing that is harmless.
Wash that which is sordid, water that which is dry, heal that which is wounded.
Make flexible that which is rigid, warm that which is cold, rule that which is deviant.
Give to thy faithful who trust in thee the sevenfold gifts.
Grant to us the merit of virtue, grant salvation at our going forth. grant eternal joy.

Amen. Alleluia.

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