Saturday, June 4, 2011

After the Ascension: Send the Holy Spirit

O GOD, the King of glory, who hast exalted Thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto Thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech Thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us Thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen. [Thomas Cranmer]
WHEN the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. [John XV-XVI]
Come, ever blessèd Spirit, come,
and make Thy servants' hearts thy home;
may each a living temple be,
hallowed for ever, Lord, to Thee.

Enrich that temple's holy shrine
with sevenfold gifts of grace divine:
with wisdom, light and knowledge bless,
strength, counsel, fear and godliness.

O Trinity in Unity,
one only God and Persons three,
in whom, through whom, by whom we live,
to Thee we praise and glory give:

O grant us so to use Thy grace,
that we may see Thy glorious face,
and ever with the heavenly host
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

[Christopher Wordsworth, 1862]