A classic Sacred Harp tune for Pentecost:
Listen to a folk version by Liz Jayne
Come, Holy Spirit, Come
With energy divine,
And on this poor, benighted soul
With beams of mercy shine
Melt, melt this frozen heart;
This stubborn will subdue;
Each evil passion overcome,
And form me all anew
Mine will the profit be,
But Thine shall be the praise;
And unto Thee will I devote
the remnant of my days
Praise Father, Spirit, Son
The Mighty Three in One
Creator, Saviour, Fiery Breeze
Sustainer be our peace
Words: Benjamin Beddome, 1900
Addition Words: Philip Majorins
Music: ABBEVILLE, by E.J. King, 1844
A Prayer to the Holy Spirit
By Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
O God the Holy Ghost
Who art light unto thine elect
Evermore enlighten us.
Thou who art fire of love
Evermore enkindle us.
Thou who art Lord and Giver of Life,
Evermore live in us.
Thou who bestowest sevenfold grace,
Evermore replenish us.
As the wind is thy symbol,
So forward our goings.
As the dove, so launch us heavenwards.
As water, so purify our spirits.
As a cloud, so abate our temptations.
As dew, so revive our languor.
As fire, so purge our dross
Stream this fabulous album of indigenous Psalms from the African collective “Psalm Project Africa.” Find more music over at Soundcloud and read about the project here.
Jesus calls us to love one another (John 17:20-26). Just as he cared for Paul and Silas in jail (Acts 16:16-34), so he will release us from our imprisonment of sin. The heavens proclaim his power and glory (Psalm 97). Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21)!
–Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional