Prayer in Honor of the Holy Spirit
By Henry Cardinal Manning
O GOD the Holy Spirit, Whom I have ignored, grieved and resisted from my childhood until the present day, reveal to me Thy personality, Thy presence, Thy power. Let me recognize Thy Sevenfold Gifts—–the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, of Counsel and Fortitude, of Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. O Thou Who art the Spirit of the Father and the Son, O Thou Who dost baptize with fire and infuse Thy love into our hearts—–one thing, O Lord, have I asked of Thee, one thing will I seek: not riches, rank, power, earthly home and happiness, but one ray of that holy light, one spark of that holy fire which will inflame me and plunge me into the fire of Divine Love! Let this sacred fire flame up in me and destroy in me every remnant of sin which defiles my body or soul. Cleanse me in a sevenfold manner with Thy Gifts. Transform me into a holocaust, holy and entirely pleasing to Thee. Inflame me with zeal so that I may live the life and die the death of a repentant sinner, deeply penetrated by Thy Divine Love. Amen.
O COME, Creator Spirit, come;
The souls which are Thine own invade;
And with supernal grace inflame
The hearts which Thou Thyself hast made.
O Thou Who art the Comforter,
The Gift of God most high,
The living fount of fire and love,
Celestial unction from above.
O Thou Who art of sevenfold power,
The finger of the Father’s hand,
The fullness of His promised Word,
Who hast all speech at Thy command.
Enkindle light within our minds,
With love our wayward hearts inflame;
And with Thine own undying life,
Give vigor to our mortal frame.
Drive far from us the angry foe,
And Thy true peace impart within,
That, Thou our Leader and our Guide,
We may escape the snares of sin.
Through Thee may we the Father know,
Through Thee approach the Eternal Son,
And Thee, the Spirit of Them both,
Confess while endless ages run.
To God the Father glory be,
And to the Son from death arisen,
And to the blessed Paraclete,
Be praise and ceaseless honor given. Amen.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let Us Pray
O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.