“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.”
At Easter we profess faith in God the Father, in Jesus Christ His son and in the Holy Spirit. We boldly acclaim our belief in the three persons of the Trinity. When we pray the Nicene Creed during Sunday Eucharist we remind ourselves and recommit to this faith.
Pentecost gives us the opportunity to focus on the Holy Spirit and his work. He is the giver of life. He is the Paraclete, the Advocate sent by Jesus. Pentecost ends the Easter season and ushers in ordinary time in a powerful way. With the coming of the Holy Spirit Christ’s victory now flows to and fills his mystical body, the Church of whom we are living stones. It is this faith which brings peace and hope to our hearts in this imperfect world.
The seven gifts the Holy Spirit showered upon us during this feast are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord. Each gift perfects our natural virtues. Each gift helps us live more fully our call to be a child of God in word and action.
Let us join Christians the world over in praying for the coming of the Spirit,
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created; and Thou shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who instructs the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Alleluia”