22 July 2017

The Come, Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit
by Corrado Giaquinto
The first prayer that I pray every morning and evening after making the Sign of the Cross is the Come, Holy Spirit. It is familiar to many traditional Western Christians and we have used it for centuries. In this post, I shall quote the text of the prayer and provide brief commentary on its three parts.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

In this first petition, we ask the Holy Spirit to renew the hearts of ourselves and all believers. In addition, we ask Him to awaken in us the enthusiasm to love one another with His own divine love.

V. Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

This versicle and its response are adapted from Psalm 104:30. If you read the verse in context, you will see that the psalmist writes of God giving life to sentient beings as well as the grass and herbs by which they are nourished. For the Church, the versicle can be about us living as a new creation in Jesus Christ, and the response can be about the new heavens and the new earth that we eagerly wait for.

Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that we may by the gift of the same Spirit be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in his consolation: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In this last petition, we acknowledge that through the Holy Spirit God made it known to us that He is our true Father. Moreover, we ask Him that, through the Holy Spirit in us, He would preserve in us that wisdom we received from Him. Further, we ask God that we would always delight in the consolation of the Holy Spirit who consoles us by bearing witness with our own spirits that we are His (God's) children. We conclude the prayer in Jesus' name.

The text for the Come, Holy Spirit was found in The Garden of the Soul by Richard Challoner. The work is in the public domain.

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