Friday, June 03, 2011

Pentecost Novena

Day 2
... Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?' And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." (Luke 1:34-37)
Hymn (4th century! Can be sung to the melody of "All Creatures of Our God and King" if you add the appropriate "Alleluias")
Now Christ, ascending whence He came,
Had mounted o’er the starry frame,
The Holy Ghost on man below,
The Father’s promise, to bestow.

The solemn time was drawing nigh,
Replete with heav’nly mystery,
On seven days’ sevenfold circles borne,
That first and blessed Whitsunmorn.

When the third hour shone all around,
There came a rushing mighty sound,
And told the Apostles, while in prayer,
That, as was promised, God was there.

Forth from the Father’s light it came,
That beautiful and kindly flame:
To fill with fervor of His word
The spirits faithful to their Lord.

With joy the Apostles’ breasts are fired,
By God the Holy Ghost inspired:
And straight, in divers kinds of speech,
The wondrous works of God they preach.

To men of every race they speak,
Alike Barbarian, Roman, Greek:
From the same lips, with awe and fear,
All men their native accents hear.

To God the Father let us sing,
To God the Son, our risen King,
And equally let us adore
The Spirit, God forevermore.

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