Come Holy Spirit Prayer is An old prayer for a new generation of Catholics
Prayers to God are rarely as common as those to the Holy Spirit. This prayer was derived from the Pentecost liturgy. These are the first two lines of the Alleluia that were sung before the Gospel on Pentecost. The third and fourth lines of the Latin translation are Psalms 104 verse 30. It was part of a Pentecost chant. The rest of the prayer that follows “Let’s pray” when it is prayed publically is an adaptation of the opening prayer for the feast. A new opening prayer has been added to the feast of Pentecost. The opening prayer of the Mass of the Holy Spirit is the former prayer. It can be used to open a school year.
This prayer shows how the faithful came up with a popular prayer for the Holy Spirit using verses they had sung and prayed at Pentecost.
Come Holy Spirit Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit!
Verse: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
Response: And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Verse: Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
Response: And you will renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is often represented as a dove in art. Because the New Testament is where we first encounter the Holy Spirit at baptism, this may explain why the dove-like representation of the Holy Spirit is so common. The following passages depict the Holy Spirit as an eagle:
- He saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and come upon him. Matthew 3:16
- The Spirit descends upon him like a dove. (Mark 1:10)
- The Holy Spirit came down upon him bodily like a dove. (Luke 3-22)
Who composed this prayer to God the Holy Spirit?
It is not easy to determine the origins of this prayer. “The Catholic Sourcebook”, Third edition, Brown-ROA 2000, simply states that the prayer “evolved from the antiphons, hymns, and sequences of every liturgical tradition, particularly the Pentecost sequence.”
Catholics can hear the Gospel acclamation at Sunday Mass on the Feast of Pentecost: “Come Holy Spirit, fill your hearts with your faithful and lighten in them the flame of your love.”
The next section of the prayer can be found in Psalm 104 verse 30: “When your breath [spirit] is sent forth, they are created and you renew the face the earth.”
Professor of liturgical studies at The Catholic University of America Father Dominic Serra notes that the last portion of the prayer asking for wisdom has liturgical roots. Father Serra says that the prayer, “O God who didst instruct Thy faithful hearts by the light of The Holy Spirit, grant us that by that same Spirit we can always be truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation,” is found in the Gregorian Sacramentary. This liturgical book contains prayers that date back to the ninth century.
What’s the point of praying to the Holy Spirit today,
It is urgent that we pray today to the Holy Spirit for our spiritual growth, our world’s healing, and our Church.
We ask God to ignite in our hearts the flame of God’s love when we ask the Spirit. The Scriptures often depict the presence of God like fire.
Moses meets God at the burning bush. The disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus made the comment, “Were our hearts not burning as he spoke?” When the Spirit descends upon them at Pentecost, tongues of fire rise up over their heads. God’s love must “kindle within” us with the energy to reach out with compassion to others.
The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the “breath of God”, the breath that gives life to all creation. According to the Gospel, Jesus breathed life into the disciples by saying, “Receive the Holy Ghost.” We pray, “Send forth your spirit,” to ask Christ to “breathe on us.”
This “breath” of the Spirit is how the earth’s face can be renewed, re-created, and returned to God.
You only have to watch the evening news to see the urgent need for God’s life-giving spirit in today’s world. The Spirit is a teacher of creative, selfless, and effective ways to defeat the “culture death.”
Re-creation is not limited to the “world”. It is also important to pray for the renewal and transformation of the church communities. Only the Spirit can help us address the recent sexual scandals, leadership shortcomings, and other issues that have afflicted our church communities in ways that promote healing and holiness. The Spirit is the only one who can help us love and accept other Catholics, regardless of our spiritualities, favorite causes, or theological approaches. The Spirit is also responsible for harmonious living between family members, priestly fraternities, and religious communities.
Many times, the days between Pentecost (May 30 this year) or Feast of the Ascension (20 May) were used to make a novena for the Holy Spirit. We should pray daily for the love, renewal, and wisdom of God’s Spirit. Only then, the prayer says, will we be able to rejoice in the Spirit’s consolations.
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Holy Spirit Memory
The Holy Spirit reminds and reminds us. He is the living memory and the voice of the Church. When he reminds us, it helps us to understand the words of Jesus.
This is the remembrance of the Spirit and the virtue of the Spirit. . . Christ’s presence in us and in his Church is an essential aspect. The Spirit of truth, charity, and compassion remind us all that Christ said and allows us to fully understand the meaning of his words. This is a common experience for all of us: In any given moment, an idea or another connection with a Scripture passage occurs. . . . This is the path of the living memory Church. It is the Spirit that leads us. He asks for our responses. The more we respond generously, the more Jesus’ words will become living within us. They will transform into attitudes, choices, and actions as well as testimony. The Spirit calls us to love the commandment of Love and reminds us.
A Christian who has no memory is not a Christian, but they are only halfway there. However, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, we can interpret our inner inspirations and live events according to Jesus’ words. The Spirit gives us the gift of knowledge, the gift of memory, and the knowledge of our hearts. The Holy Spirit may rekindle Christian memory in all of us. That day, Our Lady of Memory was there with the apostles. She had always meditated on these things from the beginning. Mary, our Mother was present. We ask her to help us along this path of memory.