Pentecost is at the doorstep!

Pentecost is at the doorstep!
By Father Bernard Holzer, aa

On Sunday, together with the whole Church, we celebrate the feast of the Pentecost,
the sending of the Holy Spirit to all of us and to all peoples.
Let us spend these last days before the feast calling on the Holy Spirit. As we pray this
Pentecost Sunday Sequence, let us meditate on the power of the Spirit in our lives.
Let us pray the Sequence (Veni, Sancte Spiritus) that may be found on Pentecost
Sunday in “Living with Christ” pages 142-143. Let us pray:

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

And from your celestial home

Shed a ray of light divine.
Come, Father of the poor.

Come, source of all our store.

Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;

You, the soul’s most welcome guest;

Sweet refreshment here below.
In our labor, rest most sweet;

Grateful coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,

Shine within these hearts of yours,

And our inmost being fill.
Where you are not, we have naught,

Nothing good in deed or thought,

Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;

On our dryness pour your dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore and confess you, evermore

In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;

Give them your salvation, Lord;

Give them joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.
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