Devotions for the Holy Ghost

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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Come Holy Ghost, Creator Come
Veni Creator Spiritus

Translated by Dryden
W. A. Mozart
Arr. from the figured bass by N. A. M.
Melody “O Gottes Lamm” Koch. Verz. No.343

  1. Come, Holy Ghost, Creator come
    From Thy bright heav’nly throne,
    Come, take possession of our souls,
    And make them all Thy own.
    Thou Who art called the Paraclete,
    Best gift of God above,
    The living spring, the living fire,
    Sweet unction and true love.

2. Thou who are sev’nfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God’s right hand;
His promise teaching little ones
To speak and understand.
O, guide our minds with Thy bless’d light
With love our hearts inflame;
And with Thy strength, which ne’er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.

3. Through Thee may we the Father know,
Thro’ Thee th’Eternal Son,
And Thee, the Spirit of the both,
Thrice blessed Three in One.
All Glory to the Father be,
With His coequal Son;
The same to Thee, great Paraclete,
While endless ages run.

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Holy Ghost, with light divine,
Shine upon this heart of mine;
Chase the shade of night away,
Turn my darkness into day.

Holy Ghost, with power divine,
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
Long has sin, without control,
Held dominion o’er my soul.

Holy Ghost, with joy divine,
Cheer this saddened heart of mine;
Bid my many woes depart,
Heal my wounded, bleeding heart.

Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down every idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.

Lead Kindly Light
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1. Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom;
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene—one step enough for me.
2. I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years.
3. So long thy pow’r hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone.
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!
Pride Ruled My Will

Portion of the Liturgical Seasons about Pentecost
Saturday the Vigil of Pentecost 266
Tierce 295
Mass 301
Vespers 311
The Gifts of the Holy Ghost 331
The Gift of Fear 333
Monday in Whitsun Week 336
The Gift of Godliness 356
Tuesday in Whitsun Week 359
The Gift of Knowledge 376
Wednesday in Whitsun Week 379
The Gift of Fortitude 389
Thursday in Whitsun Week 394
The Gift of Counsel 407
Friday in Whitsun Week 410
The Gift of Understanding 422
Saturday in Whitsun Week 428
The Gift of Wisdom 439

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