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…I believe in the Holy Spirit…

In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit is described as God’s creative power or energy. We are told that at the beginning, when God created the world, his Spirit hovered over the primordial chaos. The words for ‘spirit’ in the Bible are words for ‘breath’ and ‘wind.’ Very significantly we are told that when God created humans – Adam and Eve – God breathed life into them. Human beings carry the breath of God.

But just before his death and resurrection Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit from the Father in a new way. Having ascended into heaven, he sent the Spirit at Pentecost, symbolised by tongues of fire and a mighty wind.

Since that day everything done in the Church – especially the celebration of baptism and the Eucharist – is done through the power of the Holy Spirit. That is why we pray every Sunday that God would send us the Holy Spirit afresh. The Spirit is not some static entity but God-in-action!

We should pray regularly to the Holy Spirit:

  • to show us the face of Christ

  • to unite us with the Father

  • and to fill us with God’s love.


Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

ignite in us your holy fire;

strengthen your children with the gift of faith,

revive your Church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Faithful God,

who fulfilled the promises of Easter

by sending us your Holy Spirit

and opening to every race and nation

the way of life eternal:

open our lips by your Spirit,

that every tongue may tell of your glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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