During his Wednesday general audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis called on all Catholics to “learn to invoke the Holy Spirit often.”
“We can do this with simple words at various moments during the day.”
Pope Francis recommended keeping a copy of the “beautiful prayer that the Church recites on Pentecost” on you at all times – do you know it?
“In difficult moments, you should pray: “Come, Holy Spirit.” The key word is this: come. Come. But you need to say it in your own words. “Come, because I find myself in difficulty. Come, because I am in the dark. Come, because I don’t know what to do. Come, because I am about to fall… Come. Come.”
The prayer is known as the Pentecost Sunday Sequence, and Pope Francis prayed the first part in front of the pilgrims there.
“Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home, shed a ray of light divine! Come, come, Father of the poor! Come, Source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms shine. You, of comforters the best; You the soul’s most welcome Guest; Sweet refreshment … Come.”
If you don’t have the prayer on hand, he also said you can simply pray “Come, Holy Spirit” just like “the Madonna and the Apostles prayed during the days when Christ ascended into heaven.”
Pentecost Sunday Sequence
Come, Holy Spirit, come.
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine.
Come, Father of the poor.
Come, source of all our store.
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill.
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of 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 the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end.