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Part Four

when he promises the gift of the Spirit of Truth.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

ties.”

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Jesus, the only mediator, is the way of our prayer; Mary, his

mother and ours, is wholly transparent to him: she “shows the

way” (

hodigitria

), and is herself “the Sign” of the way, according to

the traditional iconography of East and West.

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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

24 Cf.

Jn

14:17; 15:26; 16:13.

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Lectionary for Mass

: Gospel Acclamation, Pentecost Sunday.

26 Byzantine Liturgy, Pentecost Vespers, Troparion.

27 Cf.

Acts

1:14.

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LG

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