Sunday, May 27, 2012

Veni, creator Spiritus...

During the days between the Ascension and Pentecost, we sing the Veni, creator Spiritus, alternating between the Latin and English text, as the hymn at Vespers as an informal novena to the Holy Spirit.  We thought you, too, would appreciate the opportunity to mediate on the text today as part of your prayer on this solemnity of Pentecost...

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav'nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
Thou heav'nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.

Praise we the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow
the gifts that from the Spirit flow.

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