They are happy, whose God is the Lord,
the people who are chosen as his own.
From the heavens the Lord looks forth
and sees all the peoples of the earth.
The Lord looks on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
Our hearts find joy in the Lord.
We trust in God’s holy name.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.
I will sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when through you I display my holiness before their eyes.(...) A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Jesus said, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
Holy Spirit, Creator, In the beginning you moved over the waters. Holy Spirit, come!
Holy Spirit, Creator, from your breath all creatures drew their life.
Holy Spirit, Counselor, by your inspiration the prophets bore witness to the Word of God.
Holy Spirit, you prepared the Virgin Mary to become the mother of the Lord.
Holy Spirit, you descended upon Jesus on the day of his baptism.
Holy Spirit, you led Christ into the desert; you assisted him in proclaiming the Kingdom.
Holy Spirit, Christ promised you would always be with us and in us.
Holy Spirit, you came down upon the apostles to gather them into a new communion, the Church.
Holy Spirit, Comforter, you bring us to birth as God’s children.
Holy Spirit, you make us a living sign of God’s presence.
Holy Spirit, you pray within us.
Holy Spirit, you breathe upon what is fragile. You kindle a flame of living charity and love that remains within us, still alive under the ashes. And through you, even the fears and the nights of our heart can become the dawn of a new life.
Bless us, God of all loving; you come to make our lives a living sign of your Christ.