Into your hands, O Lord

Prayer of the Day
Saint Edmund of Abingdon’s Offering the Day to God

O Lord,
into Your hands,
and into the hands of Your holy Angels,
I commit and entrust this day
myself,
my relatives,
my benefactors,
my friends and enemies,
and all Your Christian people.

By the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
and of all Your Saints,
keep us this day
from all evil and unruly desires,
from all sins and temptations of the devil,
from sudden and unprovided death,
and from the pains of hell.

Enlighten my heart
with the grace of Your Holy Spirit.
Grant that I may ever be obedient
to  Your commandments
and never let me be separated from You.

Source: #485, New Saint Joseph People’ Prayer Book, edited by Rev. Francis Evans

Hope Does Not Disappoint

Today is Trinity Sunday, a day for dwelling on the inner mysteries of the One Triune God.

Scriptures of the Day

God’s Love Poured Out

Brothers and sisters:
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions,
knowing that affliction produces endurance,
and endurance, proven character,
and proven character, hope,
and hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Romans 5:1–5

Guided to All Truth; Our Share in God’s Being

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

— Gospel of John 16:12–22

Hymn of the Day: Alleluia, Sing to Jesus!
performed by Choir of Clifton College

 

Quote of the Day

We are called to become more like the Triune God through all our relationships.  We are made in God’s image and likeness.  Just as God is God only in a Trinitarian relationship, so we can be fully human only as one member of a relationship of three partners.  The self needs to be in a horizontal relationship with all other people and in a vertical relationship with God.  In that way our life becomes Trinitarian like that of God.

Modern society follows the so-called “I-and-I” principle of unbridled individualism and the resulting consumerism.  But the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity challenges us to adopt an “I-and-God-and-neighbor” principle:  “I am a Christian insofar as I live in a relationship of love with God and other people.”

Like God the Father, we are called upon to be productive and creative persons by contributing to the building up of the fabric of our family, our Church, our community and our nation.  Like God the Son, we are called upon to reconcile, to be peacemakers, to put back together that which has been broken, to restore what has been shattered.  Like God the Holy Spirit, it is our task to uncover and teach truth and to dispel ignorance.

— Father Anthony Kadavil

I believe in the Holy Spirit

Hymn of the Day: Veni Sancte Spiritus

Scripture of the Day: Romans 8:8–17

Brothers and sisters:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit that dwells in you.
Consequently, brothers and sisters,
we are not debtors to the flesh,
to live according to the flesh.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a Spirit of adoption,
through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if only we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

Quote of the Day

By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear “the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

“We live by the Spirit”; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we “walk by the Spirit.”

Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God “Father” and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.

— Catechism of the Catholic Church 736

Prayer for Vigil of Pentecost

Prayer of the Day: Litany of the Holy Ghost
(for private use)

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Father all powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us.

Holy Spirit, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Spirit, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.

Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us.
Author of all good, have mercy on us.
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us.
Consuming fire, have mercy on us.
Ardent charity, have mercy on us.
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us.
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us.
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us.
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us.
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us.
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us.
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us.
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, the Comforter, have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us.
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us.
Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Spirit, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Spirit, engrave Thy law in our hearts.
Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of Thy graces.
Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.
Holy Spirit, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation.
Holy Spirit, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Spirit, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Spirit, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Spirit, be Thou our everlasting reward.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Send us Thy Holy Spirit. 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.

V. Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful,
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. 

Let Us Pray:

Grant, 0 merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit
may enlighten, inflame and purify us,
that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew
and make us fruitful in good works,
through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit,
liveth and reigneth forever and ever.

Amen.

Holy Spirit, awaken me

Prayers of the Day: For a New Pentecost

A Morning Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, as I awake and day begins
waken me to your presence,
waken me to inward sight of you,
and speech with you,
and strength from you,
that all my earthly walk
may awaken into song
and my spirit leap
up to you, all day, all ways.

Spirit of the living God,
fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God,
fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me,
fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God,
fall afresh on me.

The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley and edited by Tony Castle

A Prayer for a Christian Revolution

Holy Spirit, come like a mighty rushing wind
and disturb us out of our complacency,
our apathy, our indifference. Disturb us,
for we are too content to let things go on
as they are, and to let people go on
not knowing you. Penetrate the closed
gates of our hearts and make us live
again. O Holy Spirit, create among us
a mighty Christian revolution and cast
the fear of the unknown out of our lives.

The One Who Listens by Michael Hollings and Etta Gullick (1971)

Come down, O Love Divine

Pentecost Prayer of the Day: Hymn by Bianco da Siena

Come down, O love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

Let holy charity
mine outward vesture be,
and lowliness become mine inner clothing;
true lowliness of heart,
which takes the humbler part,
and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Form Me, Holy Spirit

Prayer of the Day: Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

Receive, O Holy Spirit of Love,
the perfect and absolute consecration
of my whole being, which I make
to Thee this day, in order that,
henceforth, at every moment
of my life and in each of my actions,
Thou mayest deign to be my Director,
my Light, my Guide, my Strength, and
all the Love of my heart.

I abandon myself without reserve
to Thy Divine operations, and I wish
to be always responsive to Thy holy
inspirations.

O Holy Spirit, deign to form me,
with Mary and in Mary, according
to the model of our Divine Jesus.

Glory be to the Father, the Creator.
Glory be to the Son, the Redeemer.
Glory be to the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifer.

Holy Spirit, come into our lives

Pentecost Prayer of the Day

Holy Spirit, come into our lives.

Open our ears,
to hear what you are saying to us
in the things that happen to us
in the people we meet.

Open our eyes,
to see the needs of the people around us.

Open our hands,
to do our work well
to help when help is needed.

Open our lips
to tell others the good news of Jesus
and bring comfort, happiness, and laughter to other people.

Open our minds
to discover new truth
about you and the world.

To you, with our Father and the Son, one God;
all honour and praise shall be given now and forever.

The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley and edited by Tony Castle

United to the Divine Spirit

Prayer of the Day: Saint Faustina’s Union with the Divine Spirit

O Divine Spirit, Spirit of truth and of light,
Dwell ever in my soul by Your divine grace.
May your breath dissipate the darkness,
And in this light may good deeds be multiplied.

O Divine Spirit, Spirit of love and of mercy,
You pour the balm of trust into my heart,
Your grace confirms my soul in good,
Giving it the invincible power of constancy.

O Divine Spirit, Spirit of peace and joy,
You invigorate my thirsting heart
And pour into it the living fountain of God’s love,
Making it intrepid for battle.

O Divine Spirit, my soul’s most welcome guest,
For my part, I want to remain faithful to You;
Both in days of joy and in the agony of suffering,
I want always, O Spirit of God, to live in Your presence.

O Divine Spirit, who pervade my whole being
And give me to know Your Divine, Triune Life,
And lead me into the mystery of Your Divine Being,
Initiating me into Your Divine Essence,
Thus united to You, I will live a life without end.

— Diary of Saint Faustina: Divine Mercy in My Soul, #1411

What I love about Saint Faustina’s Divine Spirit prayer is that it flows not from a dearth of the Holy Spirit, but from direct experience of the Divine Spirit’s work in her soul. She has knowledge of who the Spirit is, what the fruits of union with the Spirit are, and how that union changes her.

We are all called to have our own personal Pentecost, which will transform not just our own life, but the Church and the world. When we let God do his work in us, the world changes.

Come to Me, Holy Spirit

Prayer of the Day: Saint Augustine’s Petition to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler,
sacred Bond of the Father and the Son,
sweet Hope of the afflicted,

Descend this day into my heart
and establish therein thine amiable empire.

Enkindle in my soul — alas!
so tepid! — the salutary flames
of thy love, that I may be inflamed
and that my soul and body
may be subject to thee.

I believe that when thou
dwellest in us, thou dost
prepare a dwelling
for the Father and the Son.

Deign then to come to me.
Come, O sweet Consoler of abandoned souls!
Come, O Protector of those who are in need!

Succor of the afflicted,
come and purify me;
suffer no evil desire to take possession of me;
heal all my wounds.

Come to me, Strength of the weak,
Support of the wavering;

Come to me, O thou who lovest the humble
and resistest the proud;

Come to me, Hope of the needy,
Father of orphans;

Come to me, Star that guidest the mariner in his way,
and offerest a secure harbor to the shipwrecked;

Come to me, True glory of the living,
sole hope of the dying;

Make me all that thou wishest me to be,
and conduct me by thy grace,
so that I may be ever pleasing to thee.

Amen.