Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Holy Ghost Novena - Days Two and Three

Holy Ghost Novena - Day Two (Saturday)
Holy Fear Come,
Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou Light of all that live!

Prayer
The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by Sin. It is a fear that arises,not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filialsubmission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning ofwisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separateus from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in Hissight will sanctify their souls."Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I mayset Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun allthings that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pureeyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost (said daily)
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself soul and body to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thylove. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and moveand am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and Ipray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee.Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. Icling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watchover me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking atHis Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His openedSide and stricken Heart, I implore Thee Adorable Spirit, helper of myinfirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee.Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say toThee always and everywhere, "Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth." Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost (said daily)
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles andDisciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfectin my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit ofWisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspireonly after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding toenlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth, the Spirit ofCounsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven,the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I mayovercome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, theSpirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.
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Third Day (Sunday)- Holy Piety
Thou, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast
Dost refreshing peace
bestow The Gift of Piety

Prayer
The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as ourmost loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sakepersons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visibleHead, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who isfilled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not aburdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such alove for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost (said daily)
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself soul and body to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore thebrightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and moveand am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and Ipray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee.Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. Icling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watchover me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking atHis Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His openedSide and stricken Heart, I implore Thee Adorable Spirit, helper of myinfirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, "Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth." Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost (said daily)
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles andDisciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfectin my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit ofWisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspireonly after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding toenlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven,the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I mayovercome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, theSpirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with aloving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him.Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me inall things with Thy Spirit. Amen.