A Prayer to the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete

pentecost virgin mary book of hours bruges 15th C

 

O Blessed Holy Spirit,

As a dove, pure and spotless, descend Thou upon me.
Bringing with You that peace beyond all peace.
May my angers, jealousies and impatiences flee from before You,
Never to return.

O Blessed Holy Spirit,

As a fire which burns but does not consume surround me with Your flame.
Warm me, transform me, with Your perfect love.
May I radiate it to all whom I encounter,
As Your ambassador.

O Blessed Holy Spirit,

As the bright cloud of glory, the Shekinah, fill Thou my Temple.
The cloud which reveals by concealing, the visible Presence which is hidden.
May I be your mirror in the midst of the world,
As You are in the midst of me.

O Blessed Holy Spirit,

As the blazing tongues which You sent to the disciples, alight Thou upon me.
Granting the gift of wise speech, words which give due honour to the Word.
May I praise, and thank, and glorify
My Saviour, Jesus Christ.

O Blessed Holy Spirit,

As the still, small, voice of God, speak Thou through me,
The whisper that follows the roaring, the calm which succeeds the turmoil.
May I bring Your hope,
To those who despair.

O Blessed Holy Spirit,

As my spouse unite Yourself to me,
So that we are no longer two but one,
May I, like the Virgin, be fruitful,
And bear Christ, and give Him to those in the shadow of death.

O Blessed Holy Spirit,

As pure light fill me with Yourself,
The crystal light that illumines from within and makes pure,
May I be invisible light on my daily journey,
So that only the glory of the Father is seen.

Grant, I beseech Thee, O Blessed Holy Spirit,

That You be the desire with which I desire Thee,
That Yours are the eyes through which I look upon the world,
That Yours are the ears with which I hear the Word proclaimed,
That Yours are the lips with which I speak peace to all whom I encounter,
That Yours are the hands with which I accomplish the daily tasks allotted to me,
That Yours is the mind with which I ponder the things of life and of God,
That You dwell forever in the heart of my heart,
Together with the Father and the Son,
From Whom You proceed, and by Whom You have been sent.

Amen.

 

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The picture, from a 15th century Book of Hours, is of Pentecost.

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