Category Archives: Prayers to the Holy Spirit


O Holy Spirit,
beloved of my soul,
I adore you.
Enlighten me, guide me,
strengthen me, console me.
Tell me what
I should do; give
me your orders.
I promise to submit myself
to all that you desire of me
and to accept all
that you permit to happen to me.
Let me only know your will.


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Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
from Your clear celestial height,
Your pure beaming radiance give.

Come, O Father of the Poor,
come with treasures that endure,
come, O Light of all that live.

You of all Consolers best,
and the soul’s delightsome Guest,
do refreshing Peace bestow.

You in toil are Comfort sweet,
pleasant coolness in the heat,
solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, Light Divine,
visit now his heart of mine,
and my inmost being fill.

If You take Your grace away,
nothing pure in men will stay,
all their good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew,
on our dryness pour Your 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 all those who evermore
You confess and You adore,
in Your Sevenfold Gifts descend.

Give them comfort when they die.
Give them Life with You on high,
give them joys that never end.



“The Holy Spirit will never give you stuff on a plate – you’ve got to work for it.
Your work is listening – taking the situation you’re in and holding it in courage, not being beaten down by it.
Your work is standing – holding things without being deflected by your own desires or the desires of other people round you. Then things work out just trough patience. How things alter we don’t know, but the situation alters.
There must be dialogue in patience and charity – then something seems to turn up that wasn’t there before.
We must take people as they are and where they are – not going too far ahead or too fast for them, but listening to their needs and supporting them in their following.
The Holy Spirit brings things new and old out of the treasure.
Intercessors bring the ‘deaf and dumb’ to Christ, that is their part.
Seek for points of unity and stand on those rather than on principles.
Have the patience that refuses to be pushed out; the patience that refuses to be disillusioned.
There must be dialogue – or there will be no development.”

(Fr Gilbert Shaw (1886-1967) was a barrister who became a priest and spiritual director. Towards the end of his life he was involved in the development of the contemplative life, for both women and men, and in particular with the Sisters of the Love of God, at Fairacres, Oxford, to whom the above homily was addressed.)



Holy Spirit,
powerful Consoler,
sacred Bond of the Father and the Son,
Hope of the afflicted,
descend into my heart
and establish in it Your loving dominion.
Enkindle in my tepid soul
the fire of Your Love
so that I may be wholly subject to You.

We believe that when You dwell in us,
You also prepare a dwelling
for the Father and the Son.
Deign, therefore, to come to me,
Consoler of abandoned souls
and Protector of the needy.
Help the afflicted,
strengthen the weak,
and support the wavering.

Come and purify me.
Let no evil take possession of me.
You love the humble and resist the proud.
Come to me,
glory of the living
and hope of the dying.
Lead me by Your grace
that I may always be pleasing to You.
– St Augustine of Hippo



O Lord Jesus Christ, who before ascending into Heaven didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish thy work in the souls of thine Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of thy grace and thy love. Grant me the SPIRIT OF WISDOM, that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the SPIRIT OF UNDERSTANDING, to enlighten my mind with the light of thy divine truth; the SPIRIT OF COUNSEL, that I may ever chose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven; the SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE, that I may bear my cross with thee and that I may overcome with courage all obstacles that oppose my salvation; the SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE, that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the SPIRIT OF PIETY, that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable; the SPIRIT OF FEAR, that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples, and animate me in all things with thy Spirit.



Holy Spirit,
fulfill in us the work begun by Jesus.
Let our prayer on behalf of the whole world
be fruitful and unwavering.
Hasten the time when each of us
will attain genuine spiritual life.
Enliven our work
that it may reach all human beings,
all who have been redeemed by the Blood of Christ
and all His inheritance.
Take away our natural presumption
and uplift us with a holy humility,
with reverence for God
and selfless courage.
Let no vain attachment
impede the work of our state in life,
nor personal interest
divert us from the demands of justice.
May no scheming on our part
reduce love to our own petty dimensions.
May all be noble in us:
the quest and the respect for truth,
and the willingness to sacrifice
even to the cross and death.
And may all be accomplished
in accord with the final prayer
of the Son
to His heavenly Father
and in accord with the grace
that Father and Son give
through You, the Spirit of love,
to the Church and to its institutions,
to every soul and to all peoples.
– Pope John XXIII




O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of unity,
love and goodwill of Father and Son,
You have made us one in the sacred union of marriage.
Grant that – like the first Christians –
we may be of one heart and one mind.
Make us respect one another,
help one another in our striving for holiness,
and support one another.
Be our Guide,
our Counsellor,
and our Consoler.
Make us bear one another’s burdens
during our journey to Heaven
where we hope to live forever
as adopted children of the Triune God.