Holy Spirit, Lord of Light: a prayer for Pentecost
Holy Spirit, Lord of Light: a prayer for Pentecost Sunday
Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
from the clear, celestial heights,
Your pure beaming radiance give.
Come, O Father of the poor,
come with treasures which endure,
come O light of all that lives.
Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightsome guest,
do refreshing peace bestow.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
pleasant coolness in the heat,
solace in the midst of woe.
Light Immortal, Light Divine,
visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
and our inmost being fill.
If you take Your grace away,
nothing pure in us will stay.
All our good is turned to ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew,
on our dryness, pour your dew.
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
melt the frozen, warm the chill,
guide the steps that go astray.
You on those who evermore,
You confess and You adore,
in your seven-fold gifts descend.
Give them comfort when they die,
give them life with You on high,
give them joys which never end.
Holy Spirit, Lord of Light is a beautiful prayer that reminds us of God’s love for us and how He takes care of us. In this Pentecost hymn, we also ask God for His mercy on us and on others who believe in Him. The prayer has been ascribed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (1200’s). For further reading, Priests for Life has an explanation of some of the parts of this prayer on their website.