Litany of the Holy Spirit (3)


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

God, the Father in heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, most merciful and patient, always striving for humanity in all its wanderings,
Holy Spirit, by your power the blessed virgin conceived and bore a Son,
Holy Spirit, through you the holy child Jesus grew strong in spirit and was filled with wisdom,
Holy Spirit, you descended on Jesus at his baptism and anointed him without measure,
Holy Spirit, by your power Jesus fulfilled his earthly ministry, teaching and working miracles, and preaching the kingdom of God,
Eternal Spirit, through you Jesus offered himself without blemish to God as our Priest and Victim,
Comforter, you proceed from the Father and were promised by the Lord to his disciples in their hour of sorrow, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, you were given to the apostles by the breath of Christ,
Holy Spirit, on the day of Pentecost you descended on the apostles as tongues of fire,
Holy Spirit, you blessed the apostles with wisdom and power to preach the gospel, to build the Church, and to send messengers tor the extension of Christ’s kingdom,
Holy Spirit, you inspired the apostles and evangelists to write the holy books of the New Testament for the comfort and edification of the Church,
Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life in both the new and old creation, by your divine power you quicken the whole body of Christ,
Holy Spirit, by your supernatural work you give power and efficacy to the means of grace,
Holy Spirit, in all ages you comforted and strengthened martyrs and confessors, and enlightened the teachers of your Church with heavenly wisdom, have mercy on us.

Blessed Paraclete, you have always been the sustaining comfort and sweet refreshment of the sorrowful and suffering,
Holy Spirit, you spread abroad love, joy and peace  in the hearts of the faithful and obedient followers of Christ,
Most gracious and patient Spirit, in your unending mercy you always seek to recall us from our wandering and bring us back in to God in repentance, have mercy on us.

By your life-giving power and might,
by your all powerful grace and strength,
by your continual presence in the church, good Lord, deliver us.

We sinners pray, hear us, Holy Spirit.

That we who have been made members of Christ’s body may be filled with all the fullness of your gifts of grace,
that we may never resist your holy work, but by your inspiration think those things that are good, and by your guidance do them,
that we may always enjoy the full blessing of Christ’s sacramental gifts through you,
that we may be led by you, live and walk in you, and rightly using the freedom with which Christ has made us free,
that as there is one body and one Spirit, the Church may be enabled to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,
that you would enlighten all ministers and stewards of your mysteries with true knowledge and understanding of your holy Word,
that you would give all your people a right understanding of Christian truth, and a brotherly love and affection towards one another, hear us, good Lord.

That you would take away from us all hatred and prejudice and whatever else hinders us from godly union and concord,
that you would give us the gift of perseverance, that being faithful to the point of death, we may hereafter be glorified with Christ,
that you would bring new life to your Church, that reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ, when he appears in glory at the end of time, hear us, good Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
pour out your Holy Spirit on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
send us the promised Spirit from the Father.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
give us the Spirit of peace.

Our Father …

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, send us your Holy Spirit, and by his gracious indwelling, make us a temple of his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Freely modified from The Treasury of Devotion: A Manual of Prayer for General and Daily Use, 1869, edited by T. T. Carter, 1808-1901.

See also Featured Prayers: Pentecost


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