Prayer to the Holy Spirit

St Alphonsus Mary Liguori

El Greco's Descent of the Holy Spirit

Most Holy Spirit, the Paraclete,  Father of the poor, Comforter of the afflicted, Light of hearts, Sanctifier of souls; behold me prostrate in Thy presence.

I adore Thee with profoundest homage: I bless Thee a thousand times, and with the Seraphim who stand before Thy throne, I also say: "Holy, holy, holy."

I firmly believe that Thou art eternal,  consubstantial with the Father and the Divine Son.  I hope in Thy goodness that Thou wilt deign to save and sanctify my soul. I love Thee, 0 Divine Love, with all my affections above all the things of this world, because Thou art Infinite Goodness,  alone worthy of all love.

And since in my ingratitude and blindness to Thy holy inspirations, I have so often offended Thee by my sins, with tears in my eyes I beg Thy pardon a thousand times, and am more sorry for having offended Thee, the Sovereign Good, than for any other evil.

I offer Thee this most cold heart of mine, and I pray Thee to pierce it with a ray of Thy light, and with a spark of Thy fire, which shall melt the hard ice of my iniquities.

Thou who didst fill the soul of the most holy Mary with immense graces, and didst inflame the hearts of the Apostles with holy zeal, inflame, I beseech Thee, my heart also with Thy love.

Thou art the Divine Spirit; give me courage against all evil spirits.
Thou art Fire; enkindle in me Thy love.
Thou art Light; enlighten my mind with the knowledge of eternal things.
Thou art the Dove; give me innocence of life.
Thou art the gentle Breeze; disperse the storms of my passions. Thou art the Tongue; teach me how to bless Thee always. Thou art the Cloud; shelter me under the shadow of Thy protection.

And lastly, Thou art the Giver of all heavenly gifts; animate me, I beseech Thee, with Thy grace; sanctify me with Thy charity; enlighten me with Thy wisdom; adopt me by Thy goodness as Thy son, and save me in Thy infinite mercy;  so that I may ever bless Thee, praise Thee, and love Thee; first during this life on earth, and then in heaven for all eternity. Amen.

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