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Come, Holy Spirit, come 

Come, Holy Spirit, come.
Come, Lord, and take over my life
you are true love, love divine.

Flowing and glowing,
brightness in my darkness,
power in my weakness,
peace in my troubled life.

What beauty and purity,
sweet fragrance and harmony
what splendour and wonder,
such joy and glory, Lord.

You are so brilliant and illuminating
so caring and comforting,
so gentle and renewing
so patient and liberating,
so motherly and wise.

You are true love, divine Lord,
come and take possession of my soul.

Come, Holy Spirit, come.                                     


Diana Ng-Sutherland

Hearts ablaze

Beautiful Lord,
may we say “yes” to you
so that the Spirit in our hearts
will once again be set ablaze.

Spirit of Wisdom,
guide our actions so they tell of God’s love.

Spirit of Truth,
open our eyes to see the world as it really is.

Spirit of Power,
enthuse us to work for justice throughout the world.

Spirit of Love,
inspire us to respect the dignity of each person.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill our hearts.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill us.

Come, Holy Spirit.


Stephen Davies/CAFOD 

Listen to the blowing of the wind 

Please stop, please!
Listen to the beating of your heart.
Listen to the blowing of the wind,
the movement of the Spirit.
Be silent – said the Lord
and know that I am God.

And listen to the cry of the voiceless.
Listen to the groaning of the hungry.
Listen to the pain of the landless.
Listen to the sigh of the oppressed
and to the laughter of the children.

For that is authentic communication;
listening to the people,
living with people
dying for people.



Whirlwind Spirit 

Whirlwind Spirit of God,
Roar through our timidities and fears,
Shake the foundations of our ill-placed securities,
Sweep away the cobwebs of our apathy,
Blow down the walls that separate us, one from another.

Then into all our empty spaces, breathe
re-strengthened courage to challenge injustice,
renewed belief in the urgency of our vocation,
revitalised passion to change our lifestyles,
re-dedication to speak only words that build and unite.

Let gentle breeze and still small voice
become in us today
mighty wind and loud proclamation.
Make of us a Pentecost people! 


Kathleen O'Brien/CAFOD


Spirit of justice and community

Give us the confidence to challenge injustice
And to nurture the flame of justice until it burns brightly
And may the Spirit of justice and community
Accompany you and light your way

May this Spirit move you, heal you,
Guide you and challenge you
Call you to action and to prayer

May this passion for justice burn through you and in you
And may it warm the hearts of those around you
Encouraging hope and overcoming fear. 


Linda Jones/CAFOD

Fill us with justice

Holy Spirit, give us
tongues of fire and inspire us to
speak of justice without fear or prejudice.

Response: Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord

Holy Spirit, change us
so that the language of liberation may spread from our lips
as we challenge the economics of oppression.

Response: Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord

Holy Spirit, teach us
to understand the sufferings of workers who are
forced to labour in sweatshops round the world.

Response: Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord

Holy Spirit, guide us
to recognise the temptations of consumer choice
and to dedicate ourselves to universal human rights.
Make us raise our voices by shouting out loud the good news
and proclaim global justice for all.

Response: Fill us with justice through your Spirit, Lord

Tony Singleton/CAFOD

Spirit of Pentecost

Spirit of God
Enlighten our hearts and minds,
that we may see the faces of our sisters and brothers
whose labour provides us with the food we eat,
the clothes we wear and the computers, phones and washing machines we use.

Response: Spirit of God come to us.

Spirit of God
Embolden us to speak out
on behalf of those who suffer injustice,
so that they may enjoy the fruits of their labour
and have enough to feed, clothe, nurse and educate their families.

Response: Spirit of God come to us.

Spirit of God
Consume us with a passion to change our way of life.
so that we learn to put the needs of others
before our desire for more possessions at bargain prices.

Response: Spirit of God come to us.

Spirit of God
Through the witness of our lives,
standing in solidarity with all peoples,
may we spread the warmth of your love,
the light of your wisdom, and the fire of your justice,
so that all may live in peace and security. 


Sue Cooper/CAFOD

God's transforming power

God who cannot be bound
Flow into our hearts and minds
Wear down our resistance to your love
And refresh us with the spirit of your compassion.

Today, as we commit ourselves once more to your work
We ask you to show us how to hold the needs of your world
At the heart of our lives
And to celebrate your many gifts with joy.

May your power transform our lives
May your Spirit set us free
And may the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be with us all now and for ever


Linda Jones/CAFOD

Lead us in your ways

God of love,
fill us with your grace.
Move us, strengthen and renew us.
Lead us in your ways.

Open our hearts to answer
the demands of others, and
to seek your face in all those
who cry out for justice.

Spirit of God,
prompt us to respond to your love
and seek a glimpse
of your Kingdom here on earth.

Catherine Gorman/CAFOD

More prayers for Pentecost

Breath of God

Come Holy Spirit

Spirit of love