A clean heart create in me, O God, and a right spirit renew in my inmost parts. Cast me not away from thy face, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Give me again the joy of thy salvation, and establish me with a princely spirit. Psalm 50
”But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things.” (John: 14, 26)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.(John:16,13)
Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov
The Holy Spirit captivates even our body with the sweetest love,
liberating it from thraldom to the passions until the body itself longs to
dissolve in the Spirit. And so it was not I of myself who became Christian- it
was God Who sent down the grace of the Holy Spirit and made me so…The
Spirit reposes within the true Christian and encircles him round about. And
all this happens through faith in Christ. This is the process: faith attracts the
Holy Spirit, while the Holy Spirit strengthens faith, cares for you, sustains
you, encourages your ardent desire for the Kingdom of God…
The Holy Spirit comes when we are receptive. He does not compel. He
approaches so meekly that we may not even notice. If we would know the
Holy Spirit we need to examine ourselves in the light of the Gospel teaching,
to detect any other presence which may prevent the Holy Spirit from
entering into our souls. We must now wait for God to force Himself on us
without our consent. God respects and does not constrain man. It is amazing how God humbles Himself before us. He loves us with a tender love, not haughtily, not with condescension. And when we open our hearts to Him we are overwhelmed by the conviction that He is indeed our Father. The soul then worships in love.
St Gregory of Sinai goes so far as to say that prayer is God Himself acting in
us. ‘Do Thou Thyself pray in me,’ was the constant appeal of Philaret,
Metropolitan of Moscow in the last century. We also have the witness of St
Paul: ‘And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into
your hearts, crying, Abba, Father’ (Gal. 4,6).
St. Nicholai Velimirovich
Oh, brothers, how the Holy Spirit rejoices with an unspeakable joy when it finds pure and open souls who thirst for It! With a joyful sound It comes and abides in them and gives them Its rich gifts. As fire, It enters them in order to scorch the last growth of sin; as light, in order to illumine them with the unwaning light of heaven; as warmth, to warm them with the Divine warmth of love, by which the immortal angelic hosts are warmed in the Kingdom of God.
O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of truth, come also to us and abide in us, and remain in us as strength, light, and warmth, as our life and joy! Cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One! Fill our hearts with joy and our lips with hymns, that we may glorify and magnify Thee with the Father and the Son—the Trinity One in Essence and Undivided, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov
O Holy Spirit, All-powerful God;
Gracious Comforter and Almighty Defender;
Giver of Wisdom, and Light of Revelation;
Who by Thy descent didst bring
the uttermost parts of the world
to the only true knowledge of God:
Do Thou come down even upon us,
who grieve Thee always,
to enlighten and sanctify us,
to heal and comfort us
with Thine abiding comfort.