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Invitation to Keep Vigil

June 6, 2011

The first disciples spent the period between the Ascension and the Day of Pentecost in vigil, as they awaited the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in obedience to Our Lord’s command. I invite us to do the same. Let’s seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit as never before, and come next Sunday together in great anticipation of experiencing more of God than we have ever known before!

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art, who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light the dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soiled face with the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far from foes, give peace at home: where thou art guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son, and thee, of both, to be but One,
that through the ages all along, this may be our endless song:

Praise to thy eternal merit, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Usually attributed to Rabanus Maurus, 776-856; translated by John Cosin in 1627 – source: http://hymnal.oremus.org/)

Here is a recording of St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir singing Cosin’s translation of Veni Creator Spiritus in plainsong:

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