We know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit Itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Rom 8:26);
Lord, I know not what to ask of You.
You alone know what my true needs are.
I put all my trust in You.
I have no other desire than to fulfil Your will.
Teach me to pray. Pray Yourself in me. Amen
The true aim of our Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit.
St Seraphim of Sarov
Saint Seraphim of Sarov talks about the Holy Spirit with his friend and disciple Nicholai Motovilov:
“How do you feel now?” Father Seraphim asked me.
“Extraordinarily well,” I said.
“But in what way? How exactly do you feel well?”
“An extraordinary joy in all my heart.”
“When the Spirit of God descends on a man, and envelops him in the fulness of His presence, the soul overflows with unspeakable joy, for the Holy Spirit fills everything he touches with joy…
This is that joy of which the Lord speaks in His Gospel: A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. In the world you will be sorrowful; but when I see you again, your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you (Jn. 16:21-22). Yet however comforting may be this joy which you now feel in your heart, it is nothing in comparison with that of which the Lord Himself by the mouth of His Apostle said that that joy eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for them that love Him (I Cor. 2:9).
If the first-fruits of futire joy have already filled your soul with such sweetness, with such happiness, what shall we say of the joy in the Kingdom of Heaven, which awaits all those who weep here on earth. You also, my freind, have wept during your earthly life, but see the joy which our Lord sends to console you here below. For the present we must work, and make continual efforts to gain more and more strength to attain ‘the perfect measure of the stature of Christ…’ “so that the words of the Lord may be fulfilled in us: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall grow wings like eagles; and they shall run and not be weary (Is. 40:31); they will go from strength to strength, and the God of gods will appear to them in the Sion (Ps. 83:8) of realization and heavenly visions. Then this transitory and partial joy which we now feel will be revealed in all its fulness, overwhelming our being with ineffable delights which no one will be able to take from us.”
An extract from a booklet called “The Message of Saint Seraphim” by Irina Gorainov and published by Fairacres Publications
Conversation of St. Seraphim with N. A. Motovilov
A righteous person can be as happy in a shack as in a palace. When our heart is filled with the Holy Spirit, wherever we may find ourselves, there we will always feel joy, since Paradise is within us.
Saint Innocent Enlightener of Alaska, Metropolitan of Moscow
…Inestimable are the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Every true gift is none other than a flame of love. But for our hearts to become capable of receiving the love of Christ in its glowing manifestations we must all, every one of us, endure many trials.
Elder Sophrony Essex (1896-1993;): We Shall See Him As He Is
— Come, O true light!
— Come, O eternal life!
— Come, O true and fervent expectation of all those who will be saved!
— Come, O rising of those who lie down!
— Come, O resurrection of the dead!
— Come, O eternal joy!
— Come, you who have separated me from everything and made me solitary in this world!
— Come, O my breath and life!
— Come, O consolation of my humble soul!
— Come, O my joy, my glory, and my endless delight!
— I thank you that you have become one spirit with me,… Saint Symeon, the New Theologian (949-1022 CE)
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now, and always and for ever and ever.
Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell in us; cleanse us of every stain and save our souls, gracious One.
Verse: A spotless heart create in my, O God! Renew a steadfast spirit in my breast.
Now the Spirit, the Comforter, is poured out on all flesh. Starting with the circle of the Apostles, from them by participation it spread grace to the ‘faithful; and it attests to its powerful presence, apportioning it to the Disciples in the form of tongues of fire, in praise of God’s glory. Spiritually enlightened in heart, and confirmed in faith in the Holy Spirit, we pray that our soul may be saved.