and the Sending
of the Holy Spirit
June 4, 2017
When the Lord gave to the
disciples power to confer rebirth into the life of God, he said: "Go,
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".
He promised through his
prophets that he would pour out this spirit in the last times on his
servants and handmaidens so that they would prophesy. And so the Spirit
came down on the Son of God, who became the Son of man, and with him
became accustomed to dwell in the human race and to abide in God's
creation, within men, working the Father's will among them and making
their old natures new with the newness of Christ.
Luke says that at Pentecost, after the ascension of the Lord, the Spirit
came down on the disciples with power to grant all nations entry into
life, and to open the new testament. And so in every language they sang
a hymn to God in unison; for the Spirit brought the scattered races
together into a unity, and offered to the Father the first-fruits of all
Therefore the Lord promised to send us the Holy Spirit to make us fit
for God's purposes. Just as dry flour cannot coalesce into a lump of
dough, still less a loaf, without moisture, so we, who to begin with are
dry wood, can never bear the fruit of life unless the rain from heaven
falls upon our wills.
For our bodies through the water of baptism have received the unity
which leads to freedom from corruption; but our souls have received it
through the Spirit.
The Spirit of God came down on the Lord, "the Spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge
and devotion, the Spirit of fear of the Lord". He gave the same Spirit
again to the Church, sending the Counselor to every nation from heaven,
from which the Lord said "the devil was cast down like lightning".
Accordingly we need God 's dew, so as not to be burnt up and made
unfruitful but rather to have a Counselor when we have an accuser. For
the Lord entrusts to the Holy Spirit his man who had fallen among
thieves. Taking pity on him he has bound up his wounds, and given two
imperial coins, stamped with the image of the Spirit and the inscription
of the Father and the Son. We are to accept them, and make the coin
entrusted to us bear fruit and multiply for the Lord.
to the Holy
Come O Spirit from on High
Shine upon our inward eye
Pierce the Blindness of our sight
Come O Father of the poor
Come with treasures which endure
Come O light of all that lives
Come Consoler, Spirit blessed
Troubled soul’s most welcomed guest
Sweet refreshment, sweet repose
Restful ease in toil and stress
Pleasant coolness in the heat
Consolation in our woes
Light of light in darkness shine
Flood our hearts with light Divine
Burn within us living Fire
If You do not light our way
All our steps will go astray
Sinful man with grace inspire
Heal our wounds, our strength renew
On our dryness pour your dew
Wash the stains of sin away
Bend the stubborn heart and will
Melt the frozen, warm the chill
Guide the steps that go astray
To your people teach your love
All our hope is from above
With your sevenfold gifts descend
Give us virtues sure reward
Give us your salvation Lord
Give us Joy that never ends.
God our Father, let the Spirit you sent on your Church to begin the
teaching of the gospel continue to work in the world through the hearts
of all who believe. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
Father of light, from whom every good gift comes, send your Spirit into
our lives with the power of a mighty wind, and by the flame of your
wisdom open the horizons of our minds. Loosen our tongues to sing your
praise in words beyond the power of speech, for without your Spirit man
could never raise his voice in words of peace or announce the truth that
Jesus is Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever.
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