Posted by: liturgicalyear | May 27, 2012

Pentecost: Come, Holy Spirit!

Like the apostles, we’ve spent the last 9 days praying and following Jesus’ command to “to wait for ‘the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.’ “ (Acts 1:4)  Today we celebrate the fulfillment of that promise – the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the advocate.

The Holy Spirit transformed that small band of frightened followers into emboldened evangelizers who promptly proclaimed the Good News of life in Jesus Christ.  The celebration of this feast should do the same for us.  As soon as the Spirit fell upon them as tongues of fire, the apostles and disciples started to speak of “the mighty acts of God.” (Act 2:11)  Let this be our charge in the days and weeks ahead – to speak of the mighty acts of God, to share our faith with our words, to bring the knowledge and understanding of Christ to a world in desperate need of Him.

I invite you to pray daily for the opportunity to witness to Jesus and for the words and courage to do so.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!  Anne

Come Holy Spirit Prayer

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 Daily Prayer to the Holy Spirit

O Holy Spirit,
I humbly implore You,
be with me always
so that in all things,
I may act under the influence
of Your holy inspiration.
Amen.

Daily Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Creator Spirit, come and visit the souls that are Yours:
fill with heavenly grace the hearts that You created.

You are called by the names of Paraclete,
gift of God most high, spring of life,
fire, love and the soul’s anointing.

Seven gifts are Yours to give.
You are the finger of the Father’s right hand.
You, the clear promise of the Father,
give men’s tongues the grace of speech.

Kindle a light in our minds,
pour love into our hearts
and uphold with Your unfailing strength
the frailty of our human nature.

Drive our enemy far from us
and give us always the gift of peace;
so may it be that,
with Your grace ever guiding us in this way,
we may avoid all that is sinful.

Grant that through You
we may know the Father and the Son,
and may we ever believe You
to be the Spirit of both
the Father and the Son.

Glory be to God the Father,
and to the Son,
who rose from the dead,
and to the Paraclete
for ever and ever.

Amen.

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