Saturday, May 10, 2008
This is really a great feast and an important one. I love the Liturgy of the day. The alternate opening prayer is:
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, on God for ever and ever. Amen.
I also love the Sequence, but will not copy it here as it is long. Still, it begins:
Come, Holy Spirit, come! which should be our mantra today and during the week as the Holy Spirit is so needed in our lives; indeed, the Sequence says that where the Holy Spirit is not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
May this year be one filled with the Spirit!