From the feast of the Ascension to Pentecost, the Church recalls the days the Apostles spent in prayer awaiting the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. Christian custom urges us to pray also in a special way these days for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can pray for strength, to know ourselves better, or for a particular petition. In any case, we all need the gifts that the Holy Spirit promises! The traditional form of petition to the Holy Spirit is to invoke the Father through Christ our Lord to give us the Consoler Spirit. Jesus insists on this petition to be made in his name at the very moment when he promises the gift of the Spirit of Truth. But the simplest and most direct prayer is also traditional, ‘Come, Holy Spirit,’ and every liturgical tradition has developed it in antiphons and hymns.
- Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.Heavenly King, Consoler Spirit, Spirit of Truth, present everywhere and filling all things, treasure of all good and source of all life, come dwell in us, cleanse and save us, you who are All Good.
The Holy Spirit, whose anointing permeates our whole being, is the interior Master of Christian prayer. He is the artisan of the living tradition of prayer. To be sure, there are as many paths of prayer as there are persons who pray, but it is the same Spirit acting in all and with all. It is in the communion of the Holy Spirit that Christian prayer is prayer in the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2671-2672)
Here are some prayers to the Holy Spirit that could be recited everyday:
“Come, O Holy Spirit:
enlighten my understanding
to know your commands;
strengthen my heart
against the wiles of the enemy; inflame my will…
I have heard your voice,
and I don’t want to harden my heart to resisting,
by saying ‘later… tomorrow.’
Nunc coepi! Now!
Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom,
Spirit of understanding and counsel,
Spirit of joy and peace!
I want what you want,
I want it because you want it,
I want it as you want it,
I want it when you want it.”
-St Josemaria Escriva
|VENI, Creator Spiritus,||mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.
|COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,||and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
|Qui diceris Paraclitus,||altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.
|O comforter, to Thee we cry,||O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
|Tu, septiformis munere,||digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.
|Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;||Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
|Accende lumen sensibus:||infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.
|Kindle our sense from above,||and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
|Hostem repellas longius,||pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.
|Far from us drive the foe we dread,||and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
|Per te sciamus da Patrem,||noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.
|Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow||the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
|Deo Patri sit gloria,||et Filio, qui a mortuis
surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.
|Now to the Father and the Son,||Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
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