Posted by: fvbcdm | June 9, 2014

Feast of Saint Ephrem (9 June 2014)

This weekend we had the joy of celebrating the great solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, as it has been called. Jesus formed the body of the Church during his life on earth by giving it its organization, its leaders (pope and bishops), its sacraments, its doctrine and moral code, and its first members: his apostles and disciples, including his own most holy Mother.

But he did not during his life on earth confer its soul upon it. That was to occur after Jesus’s ascension into heaven, when he sent the Spirit upon the Church, who is its soul and will animate and energize it until the end of time.

One of the most beautiful of our liturgical hymns and poems is that which was composed for the feast of Pentecost. It is the “Veni, Sancte Spiritus,” — “Come, Holy Spirit.” Since its use at Mass is optional, I would like to include it in this daily message and encourage you to read it and reflect upon it on your own, not only at Pentecost but often throughout the year. It is the most venerable of prayers to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity:

Come, O Holy Spirit, come

And from thy celestial home

Shed a ray of light divine.

Come, O Father of the poor;

Come, thou source of all our store,

Come, within our bosoms shine.

Thou, of comforters the best,

Thou, the soul’s most welcome guest,

Sweet refreshment here below.

In our labor, rest most sweet,

Grateful coolness in the heat,

Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed light divine,

Shine within these hearts of thine

And our inmost being fill.

Where thou art not, we have naught;

Nothing good in deed or thought;

Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds; our strength renew.

On our dryness pour thy dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away.

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen; warm the chill.

Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful who adore

And confess thee evermore

In thy sevenfold gift descend.

Give the virtue’s sure reward;

Give them thy salvation, Lord,

Give them joys that never end.

Amen! Alleluia!

 Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you, Father Victor Brown, O.P. Note:  This message was composed some years ago










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