Sunday, May 19, 2013

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

On this Pentecost Sunday, the holiest feast of the year after Easter, I'm thankful for
:: a birthday cake for the Church (with a red candle, naturally)
:: children who were thrilled to be receiving their second Holy Communion (it was a blessed First Holy Communion last week!)
:: a husband who surprises me with an apostolic blessing from the Vatican for our upcoming anniversary
:: free time for nature journaling and a bit of writing about our vacation (more on that soon)
:: a happy, holy fifty days of Easter
:: the gifts of the Holy Ghost and the prayers of the Church

Come, Holy Spirit,
send forth the heavenly
radiance of your light.

Come, father of the poor,
come, giver of gifts,
come, light of the heart.

Greatest comforter,
sweet guest of the soul,
sweet consolation.

In labor, rest,
in heat, temperance,
in tears, solace.

O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.

Without your grace,
there is nothing in us,
nothing that is not harmful.

Cleanse that which is unclean,
water that which is dry,
heal that which is wounded.

Bend that which is inflexible,
fire that which is chilled,
correct what goes astray.

Give to your faithful,
those who trust in you,
the sevenfold gifts.

Grant the reward of virtue,
grant the deliverance of salvation,
grant eternal joy.

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