Pentecost is the birthday of the Church and culmination of the Great 50 Days of Eastertide. Just as “Love came down at Christmas,” followers of Jesus at GSL and everywhere are called to embody and live by the Holy Spirit that came down as the loving wisdom of God to set the people of God on fire. Baptized in the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier), now we, the Lord’s people, have this ministry. In our being and doing, let us also celebrate by meditating on and signing Come down, O Love divine (Hymn 516, Down Ampney, The Hymnal 1982).
Come down, O Love divine, seek thou this soul of mine, and visit it with thine own ardor glowing; O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear, and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.
O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn to dust and ashes in its heat consuming; and let thy glorious light shine ever on my sight, and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.
And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long, shall far outpass the power of human telling; for none can guess its grace, till Love create a place wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling. Amen.
- Sources: Bianco da Siena (d. 1434?); tr. Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-1890), alt.
Blessings as we walk by faith with Jesus in the Spirit.
The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, RectorLast Wednesday in Eastertide, 19 May 2021