Fourth Day: Fruits of Benignity and Goodness
Hymn: – Veni Creator –
Let us prostrate ourselves before the majesty of the most Holy Trinity, and uniting our dispositions with those of our blessed Lady and the holy apostles in the upper room at Jerusalem, let us say one Our Father and one Hail Mary, to obtain, by the merits of Jesus ascended, the fruits of the Holy Ghost – peace and patience.
Our Father… Hail Mary…
Most holy prince of the apostles, blessed St. Peter, behold us at thy feet, to implore thy aid in obtaining the Holy Spirit. We, indeed, have been unfaithful to Our Redeemer, not three times only, as thou wert, but thousands and thousands of times; so that we could not hope that the spotless Dove would vouchsafe to descend into our poor souls, stained with so many sins; yet thine example, blessed apostle, gives us boldness. Thou didst weep bitterly, and with thy tears wert so cleaned as to receive all the gifts of the divine Paraclete. We too desire to bewail our sins with bitterest grief like thine, while we humbly implore thine intercession to obtain for us, first of all, cleanness of heart, and then the gift of the Holy Ghost, for which we yearn most earnestly. Amen
O let us fall and worship Him,
The love of Sire and Son,
The consubstantial breath of God,
The co-eternal One!
Ah! see, how like the Incarnate Word,
His blessed self He lowers
To dwell with us invisibly,
And make His riches ours,
Most loving Spirit! Mighty God!
Sweet must Thy presence be,
If loss of Jesus can be gain,
So long as we have Thee!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
O God, Who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit to think the things that be right, and ever to rejoice in His consolations; through the same Jesus Christ. In the unity of the same. Amen.
May the blessing of almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, descend upon us now, and abide with us always. Amen