Posted by: liturgicalyear | June 7, 2011

Preparing for Pentecost

At mass on Sunday, the priest called our attention to the action of the apostles and the Blessed Mother after Jesus’ Ascension.

What did they do?  They prayed.  They knew that something BIG was going to happen.  They knew Jesus made a promise to send the advocate.  So they waited, and they prayed.

Like them, we also should pray in preparation for the feast of Pentecost.

In that light, I thought it fitting to pray with some of our favorite saints and doctors of the Church as we once again await the coming of the Spirit.  Over the remaining days until Pentecost I invite you to pray with me and the Church during this time of expecation.

Come, Holy Spirit, Come!  Anne

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Saint Anthony of Padua

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, fire of love, come rest over each of us, make our tongue ready
to confess our sins, that in revealing everything and concealing nothing, we
may attain heavenly life to sing eternal praise with the angels. With your
help, you who live and reign through all ages. Amen.

And for all those homeschooling families and students and for those who are  finishing up the school year:

St. Thomas Aquinas

A Student’s Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of
wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the
darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind
to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to
comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my
work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask
through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and
the Father, forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler,
I adore You as my true God,
with God the Father and God the Son.
I adore You and unite myself to the adoration
You receive from the angels and saints.

I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving
for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me.

O Giver of all supernatural gifts,
who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God, with such immense favors,
I beg You to visit me with Your grace
and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear,
so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me
from falling back into my past sins,
for which I beg pardon.

Grant me the gift of piety,
so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervor,
follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations,
and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.

Grant me the gift of knowledge,
so that I may know the things of God and,
enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk,
without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.

Grant me the gift of fortitude,
so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil,
and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.

Grant me the gift of counsel,
so that I may choose what is more conducive to my
spiritual advancement
and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.

Grant me the gift of understanding,
so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries
and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts
and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.

Grant me the gift of wisdom,
so that I may rightly direct all my actions,
referring them to God as my last end;
so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life,
I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next.  Amen.

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