The ancient Litany to the Holy Spirit gives us an excellent summary of who he is and what he does in our lives.
Speaking to his apostles before his crucifixion, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit at the end of his time on earth. “And I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever… the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring you remember of everything I told you. ” (John 14:16,25)
This promise was fulfilled at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles. The Holy Spirit continues to be present and active in the world. However, we don’t always turn to the Holy Spirit as much as we should. Often, perhaps, we address our prayers to the Father or to Jesus, but how often do we invoke the Holy Spirit?
One of the reasons may be because of our misunderstanding of the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. We simply don’t know how the Holy Spirit can influence our lives and so we naturally turn to the people of the Trinity whom we know best, instead of turning to the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit as Divine Artist
Without going into the depths of Trinitarian theology, a simple way to draw closer to the Holy Spirit is to pray the ancient Litany to the Holy Spirit. Besides giving various titles to the Holy Spirit, such as “Comforter” or “Sanctifier”, it also describes the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can be invoked to “ignite us with the flame of your love” or “enlighten us with your heavenly inspirations”.
During this month dedicated to the Holy Spirit, let us pray the Litanies to the Holy Spirit and learn more about the gift that God has given us during our pilgrimage to Heaven.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Almighty Father, have mercy on us. Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us. Spirit of the Father and of the Son, unlimited life of both, sanctify us. Holy Trinity, listen to us. Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, enters our hearts. Holy Spirit, who is equal to the Father and the Son, enters our hearts. Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us. Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us. Author of all good, [etc.]Source of heavenly water Consuming fire Ardent charity Spiritual anointing Spirit of love and truth Spirit of wisdom and understanding Spirit of counsel and strength Spirit of knowledge and piety Spirit of fear of the Lord Spirit of grace and prayer Spirit of peace and meekness Spirit of modesty and innocence Holy Spirit, the Comforter Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit Sanctifier, Who governs the Church Gift of God, the Most High Spirit who fills the universe Spirit of adoption of children of God Holy Spirit, inspire in us the horror of sin. Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth. Holy Spirit, pour your light into our souls. Holy Spirit, engrave your law on our hearts. Holy Spirit, ignite us with the flame of your love. Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of your graces. Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well. Holy Spirit, enlighten us with your heavenly inspirations. Holy Spirit, lead us on the way to salvation. Holy Spirit, grant us the only knowledge we need. Holy Spirit, inspire us to do good. Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues. Holy Spirit, make us persevere in justice. Holy Spirit, be our eternal reward. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, send us your Holy Spirit. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, send down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety. V. Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful, R. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Let us pray. Grant, O merciful Father, that your divine Spirit enlightens us, inflames us and purifies us, that it penetrates us with its celestial dew and makes us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who with you , in the unity of the same Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. R.Amen.