when he promises the gift of the Spirit of Truth.
But the simplest
and most direct prayer is also traditional, “Come, Holy Spirit,” and
every liturgical tradition has developed it in antiphons and hymns.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle
in them the fire of your love.
Heavenly King, Consoler Spirit, Spirit of Truth, present
everywhere and filling all things, treasure of all good and
source of all life, come dwell in us, cleanse and save us, you
who are All-Good.
The Holy Spirit, whose anointing permeates our whole
being, is the interior Master of Christian prayer. He is the artisan of
the living tradition of prayer. To be sure, there are as many paths
of prayer as there are persons who pray, but it is the same Spirit
acting in all and with all. It is in the communion of the Holy Spirit
that Christian prayer is prayer in the Church.
In communion with the holy Mother of God
In prayer the Holy Spirit unites us to the person of the only
Son, in his glorified humanity, through which and in which our
filial prayer unites us in the Church with the Mother of Jesus.
Mary gave her consent in faith at the Annunciation and
maintained it without hesitation at the foot of the Cross. Ever since,
her motherhood has extended to the brothers and sisters of her Son
“who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficul
Jesus, the only mediator, is the way of our prayer; Mary, his
mother and ours, is wholly transparent to him: she “shows the
), and is herself “the Sign” of the way, according to
the traditional iconography of East and West.
Beginning with Mary’s unique cooperation with the work
ing of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the
holyMother of God, centering it on the person of Christ manifested
in his mysteries. In countless hymns and antiphons expressing this
prayer, two movements usually alternate with one another: the
first “magnifies” the Lord for the “great things” he did for his lowly
14:17; 15:26; 16:13.
Lectionary for Mass
: Gospel Acclamation, Pentecost Sunday.
26 Byzantine Liturgy, Pentecost Vespers, Troparion.