It’s almost Pentecost Sunday, so I hope you have been praying fervently these days for the renewed gift of the Holy Spirit. But just in case you are remiss in your preparations to open your heart and soul to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit, here are a few liturgical texts to meditate upon, and a few Scripture passages to help you embrace the mystery of the Third Person of the All-holy Trinity, who wants to renew cleanse and heal and ignite your soul!
“Come to us from on high, O Comforter, as You descended upon the Apostles. Thus sanctify and save us all who proclaim You as true God.”
“Renew in us, O God, the Spirit, the All-Holy One, Him whom You sent forth to give strength to Your holy disciples, that they might thus accomplish Your saving will, for You alone are merciful.”
“All things bow the knee before the Comforter, and before the Word and the consubstantial Father; for they acknowledge in three Persons the One, Infallible, Unapproachable and Timeless Essence; for the grace of the Spirit has shone forth illumination.”
“Like fire, the grace of the Spirit awesomely came from Heaven and rested upon each of the Savior’s disciples. And by this enlightenment they became beacons of His light, that they might declare the oneness of the Holy Trinity and the unity of God’s dominion and power, which we glorify with faith.”
“With God-inspired words let us now speak of the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from God the Father and is worshipped with the Son. By Him all is governed and sustained and given life. From Him all things derive their existence; by Him all men are redeemed. O Holy Comforter, who cannot be comprehended, grant Your people endless peace.”
“Behold, the prophets’ words are fulfilled and accomplished. For by veiled beams He has revealed and shed light on the things that would come to pass; since He is God the Comforter, He has descended in all fullness on the Apostles. And through them He comes also to the faithful who worship the Holy Trinity.”
I’ll just list the Scripture passages here, since they’re a bit too long to type them all out. If you want to prepare your soul, you need to put in a little effort, so get out your Bible and look them up!
Ez. 36: 22-28
Is. 11: 1-9
Joel 2: 27 – 3: 5
Gal. 5: 16-26
Eph. 1: 11-23
1Cor. 2: 6-16
And the grand finale: Rev. 22: 10-21
Let us pray.
O All-Holy Spirit, co-eternal with the Father and the Son, we beg You to pour out Your grace upon us as we await Your coming in power on the day of Pentecost. Heal the wounds of our souls, purify our hearts and our minds, and make us ready to receive You and the fullness of Your gifts. Make all things new as You abide in us and we in You; grant that we may love You and live for You and serve You in holiness all the days of our lives. For You are our God, the Fire of divine and everlasting love, and to You we give glory together with the Eternal Father and His only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Blessings to you for the great and holy day. Let the Fire fall!