Pentecost: Come, Holy Spirit
Pentecost, 50 Days after Easter, marks the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit in fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel, “and it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh.” The gift of the Holy Spirit, says the apostle Peter, “is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” St. Paul teaches that the Holy Spirit has been poured out on us abundantly “through the washing of regeneration” or what we know as Holy Baptism.
The Church teaches us to pray to the Holy Spirit as “the Lord and Giver of Life” in these words:
"Come, O Holy Spirit, come! From Your bright and blissful Home Rays of healing light impart. Come, Father of the poor, Source of gifts that will endure Light of every human heart. You of all consolers best, Of the soul most kindly Guest, Quickening courage do bestow. In hard labor You are rest, In the heat You refresh best, And solace give in our woe.
O most blessed Light divine, Let Your radiance in us shine, And our inmost being fill. Nothing good by man is thought, Nothing right by him is wrought, When he spurns Your gracious Will. Cleanse our souls from sinful stain, Save our dryness with Your rain, Heal our wounds and mend our way. Bend the stubborn heart and will, Melt the frozen, warm the chill, Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful who in You, Trust with childlike piety, Deign Your sevenfold gift to send. Give them virtue's rich increase, Saving grace to die in peace, Give them joys that never end."
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