Breathe in Me

220px-sandro_botticelli_050Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.

Source: St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430

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Holy Spirit, Illumine and Preserve Me

0940_Cranach_nR 001Almighty and Holy Spirit,
the comforter, pure, living, true—
illumine, govern, sanctify me,
and confirm my heart and mind in the faith,
and in all genuine consolation;
preserve and rule over me so that,
dwelling in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,
I may behold the Lord and praise him with a joyful spirit,
and in union with all the heavenly church. Amen.

Source: Philip Melanchthon (in some sources, titled “Melanchthon’s Last Prayer”)

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Also found here: The One Year Book of Personal Prayer, © 1991 Tyndale House Publishers (August 24)

Also found here: Freely modified from Prayers Ancient and Modern  by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 168 #2

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.
O God,  by the light of the Holy Spirit you instructed the hearts of the faithful. Grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations; through Christ Our Lord.
R. Amen.

Original Source: First prayer and response, Byzantine Liturgy, Pentecost Vespers, Troparion.

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Original Latin:

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum.