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Come Holy Spirit?

Much praying about, to, or for the Holy Spirit seems, in my thinking, to be incredibly self seeking and indulgent.

Alister McGrath offers this translation of part an old liturgical sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus (“Come Holy Spirit”), which is usually thought of as the work of Stephen Langton (ca. 1150–1228).

Lava quod est sordidum, riga quod est aridum, sana quod est saucium. Flecte quod est rigidum, fove quod est frigidum, rege quod est devium.

McGrath translates it,

“Wash what is dirty;
refresh what is dry;
heal what is wounded;
bend what is stubborn;
melt what is frozen;
direct what is wandering.”


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It appears to me to be a prayer worthy of the Holy Spirit, and well worth our praying