BLESSING: Blessing To Prepare For Pentecost, by Peter John Cameron

Blessing To Prepare For Pentecost Peter John Cameron

Word of God

To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. (1 Corinthians 12:7)

Blessing of the Manifestation of the Holy Spirit

Before the Holy Spirit came, the humanity of Christ, to which human affection clung, needed to be taken away from before the eyes of the disciples.  We were not able to receive both Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and neither could we endure the presence of both. (Saint Augustine)

Come, Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit, finding us in a state of deformity, restores our original beauty and fills us with his grace, leaving no room for anything unworthy of his love. (Didymus of Alexandria)

Come, Holy Spirit.

The presence of the gift of the Holy Spirit is the fuller the greater a person’s desire to be worthy of it. (Saint Hilary)

Come, Holy Spirit.

Only the Holy Spirit can purify the intellect, for unless a greater power comes and overthrows the despoiler, what he has taken captive will never be set free. (Saint Diadochos of Photiki)

Come, Holy Spirit.

No one can ever attain to the remedy of forgiveness who does not have the Paraclete to intercede for him. For it is through him we call upon the Father; from him come the tears of repentance, from him the groans of those who kneel in supplication. (Saint Leo the Great)

Come, Holy Spirit.

The fire of the Holy Spirit, like a refining fire with gold, makes what is good better, and devours sin as stubble. (Saint Ambrose)

Come, Holy Spirit.

See how the Holy Spirit wipes away all this iniquity, and uplifts to the highest dignity those who before had been betrayed by their own sins. (Saint John Chrysostom)

Come, Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit comes gently. He is not felt as a burden. The Spirit comes with the tenderness of a true friend and protector to save, to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen, to console. The Holy Spirit enables us to see things beyond the range of human vision. (Saint Cyril of Jerusalem)

Come, Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit interiorly perfects our spirit, communicating to it a new dynamism so that it refrains from evil for love. In this way it is free – not in the sense that it is not subject to the divine law; it is free because its interior dynamism makes it do what divine law prescribes. (Saint Thomas Aquinas)

Come, Holy Spirit.

Fittingly did the Holy Spirit appear in fire because in every heart that he enters into he drives out the torpor of coldness, and kindles there the desire of his own eternity. As the Spirit touches a soul, he teaches it. The human spirit suddenly changes; it rejects on the instant what it was, and shows itself at once as it was not. (Saint Gregory the Great)

Come, Holy Spirit.

With the Holy Spirit within them it is quite natural for people who had been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely other-worldly in outlook, and for cowards to become people of great courage. (Saint Cyril of Alexandria)

Come, Holy Spirit.

Through the Holy Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations – we become God. (Saint Basil)

Come, Holy Spirit.

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