10 May 2008

From Tomorrow's Pentecost Liturgy

O Holy Spirit, enter in,
And in our hearts Your work begin,
Your dwelling place now make us.
Sun of the soul, O Light divine,
Around and in us brightly shine,
To joy and gladness wake us
That we may be
Truly living,
To You giving
Prayer unceasing
And in love be still increasing. [LSB 913:1]

O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation...

Alleluia! Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love! Alleluia!

Come, Holy Fire, comfort true,
Grant us the will Your work to do
And in Your service to abide;
Let trials turn us not aside.
Lord, by Your pow'r prepare each heart,
And to our weakness strength impart
That bravely here we may contend,
Through life and death to You, our Lord, ascend.
Alleluia! Alleluia! [LSB 497:3]

And we beg You to bless and sanctify by Your Holy Spirit’s power the bread and wine we bring before You that they become for us, through our Savior’s Words, His true Body and Blood, the nourishment of eternal life...

It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all time and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who ascended above the heavens and, sitting at Your right hand, poured out on this day the promised Holy Spirit on His chosen disciples. For all this the whole earth rejoices with exceeding joy. Therefore with angels and archangels...

O sweetest Love, Your grace on us bestow,
Set our hearts with sacred fire aglow,
That with hearts united we love each other,
Ev'ry stranger, sister, and brother.
Lord, have mercy! [LSB 768:2]

...and we ask You not to forsake Your children, but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled constantly to serve You...

1 comment:

Rev. James Leistico said...

I never noticed how much "light" appears in the liturgical materials for Pentecost - until this morning when I show up for church and the power's gone off! Thankfully there was just enough light on this dark day for people to be able to read their hymnals and for the organist to play the piano. And thankfully I remembered how to project my voice. But that light vs. dark thing is all over the place in Pentecost hymns and prayers!