A Traditional Prayer to the Holy Spirit

I love this particular prayer. I love it because I love the Holy Trinity. I love the Our Father, because it references the first person of the one God. I love the Jesus Prayer and the Hail Mary for their focus on the second person of the Godhead. Few prayers say much about the Holy Spirit, third person of the Triune God, so I find myself praying this one in honor of God the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall … Continue reading

8th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of Mary

8th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of Mary and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Fr. Z writes about the prayers for today’s mass. Fr. Z writes about Pope Benedict’s Mass for Jan 1. Solemnity of Mary. Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God On December 31 we usher in the New Year with late night champagne, half-baked resolutions and epic movies. But in the midst of this activity the Church asks us to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God; a feast day of epic proportions and fulfilled covenants, a dogma that sheds as much light on the nature of Christ as … Continue reading

Prayer to the Holy Spirit and Our Daily Lives

There is an old and wonderful prayer to the Holy Spirit.  I’ll add it at the end of this blog post. Every time I read in the works of early Christian writers about God the majority of what I pick up is about God the Father or God the Son and lots about the most Holy Trinity but, except where discussed as part of the Trinity, there is not a lot of writing about the Holy Spirit.  Even in the writings of most Saints there is much more about the Trinity, Father and Son than about the Holy Spirit. It … Continue reading