Notker Balbulus

The Hymnbook

For Whit Sunday

[N.27] "Sancti spiritus assit"



May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with us, that He might make our hearts His dwelling place, driving therefrom every spiritual vice!

O Spirit that cherisheth, Enlightener of men: do Thou cleanse for us the bristling shadows of our minds!

O Holy Lover of ever sensible thought: do Thou pour out for us, o Merciful One, Thy ointment upon our senses!

Thou, o Spirit, the Purifier of all that is shameful, do Thou purify for us the eye of our inner man, that we might glimpse the Highest Father, Whom only the eyes of a clean heart might behold!

Thou didst breathe into the prophets, that they proclaimed the glorious proclamation of Christ: Thou didst strengthen the apostles, that they might carry the trophy of Christ the whole world o’er.

When God, by His Word, did make the fabric of heaven, earth and sea, Thou didst spread Thy power upon the waters, to warm them, o Spirit.

By quickening souls Thou makest fruitful the waters: With Thy breath Thou bestowest what is spiritual upon men.

Thou hast united, o Lord, a world that is divided by tongue and usage, calling back idolaters to the service of God, o Best of Teachers.

Therefore, be Thou gracious to hear our supplication, o Holy Spirit, without Whom we believe all prayer vain and unworthy to reach the ears of God!

Thou Who didst teach the saints of every age with the embrace of the impulse of Thy power, o Spirit, by giving today the apostles of Christ a gift both unwonted and from all ages hid, hast Thou brought glory to this day.


Richard L. Hewitt
Notker's Hymnbook in Three Languages

Kamuzu Academy, Malawi
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