Day 4

We Begin

Let us begin by lighting a candle, making the sign of the Cross, quieting ourselves and welcoming God into the space where we dwell and into our mind and heart. 

Play this Taizé chant to aid in coming into this space of prayer. Veni Sancte Spiritus – Come Holy Spirit

Laudate – Veni Sancte Spiritus

Read the following slowly and reflect on the words as you read and pray them.

Where the Spirit is there is creation and new life. Where the Spirit is, there is the living Christ. The Spirit is the breath of God’s creative love, so that whoever lives in the Spirit lives in the ever newness of God.

Sr Ilia Delio OSF

Scripture Reading

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out or lift up his voice or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.”

(Isa. 42:1-3)

Reflection

The person spoken about in this quotation from Isaiah is referred to as God’s “servant” but is nowhere named. His life, his relationship with God and his experience of suffering are reflected upon in a series of poems known as the “Servant’s Songs” that are found in this section of the Book of Isaiah.

Some five hundred years later, in the first century when the early Christians were thinking about Jesus and reflecting on his life, they found that the poems easily resonated with all they knew of him.

The Gospels all agree that the Spirit came down on Jesus, was with Jesus, drove Jesus, filled Jesus. The Spirit they spoke of was the Spirit they knew from their Scriptures, the powerful, creative prophetic Spirit of God. That Spirit rested on Jesus and inspired his entire ministry and it was the source of his faithfulness to God’s will for humanity expressed in the image of the Kingdom.

This was a Spirit of compassion that moved him to reach out to those on the margins, those judged and rejected by society. A Spirit of justice that led him to confront oppression and hypocrisy and a Spirit of forgiveness that embraced the sinner. This same Spirit, a power from on high, raised Jesus from the dead and was poured out on his followers as they responded to his call to become witnesses of what God has done, is doing and will continue to do. Through this Spirit we dare to believe that God delights in us as he delighted in his Son.

Just at this time Jesus, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it has pleased you to do.”

(Lk.10:21)

A Moment of Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges you?
What sensations do you notice in your body – as a reaction to what you have read?
What is the Spirit inviting you to do?

Bring this moment of contemplation to a close by praying the litany of the Holy Spirit: spend a moment with each of these titles and activities of the Holy Spirit, allowing them to breathe renewal and peace into your heart.

Veni Sancte Spiritus!

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

Veni Sancte Spiritus!

Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier,
Holy Spirit, Who governest the Church,
Gift of God, the Most High,
Spirit Who fillest the universe,
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God,

Veni Sancte Spiritus!

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.

Veni Sancte Spiritus!

Our Lady, Immaculate Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us!

Allow a moment of quiet

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Giver of the Spirit, Your people are burdened and afraid.
We have fallen victim to a virus that has turned our world on its head.
We are vulnerable now and wondering what you are asking of us.
Through your gentle Spirit teach us to look again to the life of your Son, that we may learn from him what it means to live in the Spirit, and be faithful to you. Amen

End with playing this piece of music from Bernadette Farrell, Spirit of God

And we end – In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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