Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Pentecost Novena

In [Christ] we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the one who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God's possession, to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1: 11-14).

Hymn (4th century? Can be sung to the melody of "The King of Love my Shepherd Is")

Round roll the weeks our hearts to greet,

With blissful joy returning;

For lo! The Holy Paraclete

On twelve bright brows sits burning:

With quivering flame He lights on each,

In fashion like a tongue, to teach

That eloquent they are of speech,

Their hearts with true love yearning.

While with all tongues they speak to all,

The nations deem them maddened,

And drunk with wine the Prophets call,

Whom God’s good Spirit gladdened;

A marvel this—in mystery done—

The holy Paschaltide outrun,

By numbers told, whose reckoning won

Remission for the saddened.

O God most Holy, Thee we pray,
With reverent brow low bending,

Grant us the Spirit’s gifts to-day—

The gifts from heaven descending;

And, since, Thy grace hath deigned to bide

Within our breasts once sanctified,

Deign, Lord, to cast our sins aside,

Henceforth calm seasons sending.

To God the Father, laud and praise,

Praise to the Son be given;

Praise to the Spirit of all grace,

The fount of graces seven—

As was of old, all worlds before,

Is now and shall be evermore,

When time and change are spent and o’er
All praise in earth and heaven.

1 comment:

Ruth Ann said...

I love the ancient hymns you are posting, Sister Anne. It reminds me of our long Catholic tradition and that what we believe about God today is consistent with what we have always believed, even though we use different expressions.