Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created,
and you shall renew the face of the earth.
-Vene Sancte Spiritus
Prayer of the Bible
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
-Psalm 100: 4-5
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
I pray for all those whom I have in any way sinned against, by word or deed, knowingly or unknowingly. Take away, O Lord, from our hearts all suspiciousness, anger, contention, and all that weakens love of others. Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on all who seek your mercy; give grace to the needy, make us so to live that we may be found worthy to enjoy the fulfillment of your grace and attain to eternal life.
-Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you...“I have told you this while I’m still with you. However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you.
-John 14: 15-17, 25-26
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God! You have relieved me in my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
“God our Father, thank you for creating us, for calling us by name, and inviting us into your family and purposes. May Your Kingdom be manifested through our lives. We desire to receive your Promise of the Holy Spirit to those who believe. Jesus, our Savior, Lord and King, baptize us in the Holy Spirit so that the power of your resurrection will work in us and we will be transformed into Your likeness. Holy Spirit, fill us with your Presence to overflowing. We open ourselves and desire to hold nothing back from you. Work your gifts in us and through us, so that our Father’s kingdom come and will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen!”