Pentecost

What a great feast the Church celebrates today! The ‘birthing’ of the Church in and through the Holy Spirit.

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.

Veni, Creator Spiritus,

mentes tuorum visita,

imple superna gratia

quae tu creasti pectora.

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.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,

altissimi donum Dei,

fons vivus, ignis, caritas,

et spiritalis unctio.

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.

Tu, septiformis munere,

digitus paternae dexterae,

Tu rite promissum Patris,

sermone ditans guttura.

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.

Accende lumen sensibus:

infunde amorem cordibus:

infirma nostri corporis

virtute firmans perpeti.

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.

Hostem repellas longius, pacemque dones protinus:

ductore sic te praevio

vitemus omne noxium.

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.

Per te sciamus da Patrem,

noscamus atque Filium;

Teque utriusque Spiritum

credamus omni tempore.

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. Amen.

Deo Patri sit gloria,

et Filio, qui a mortuis surrexit,

ac Paraclito,

in saeculorum saecula. Amen.

Some good reads for Pentecost:

The first couple chapters of the Acts of the Apostles
The Holy Ghost Our Greatest Friend – by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, OP (EDM)
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