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Isabella McCafferty

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September 23, 2020

This is a version of the Adsumus Sancte Spiritus* prayer which was set to music and prayed during the Opening Liturgy for Synod 2021-2023 for the Diocese of Palmerston North.

A recording from this liturgy is available above and the words and chords are provided below for use in parishes.

Regardless of whether you go by the astronomical dates or the meteorological dates, spring has now officially begun. Going on mother nature though it can be rather hit and miss to decide when spring has arrived! By the end of September though, the natural environment around begins to really show the signs of spring.

The seasons are important to our lives and the physical changes around us that we experience throughout a year remind us that our own lives too have different seasons.

Spring is a especially hopeful season and with this in mind, below are a few reflections you might like to spend some time with as we embrace the change of season. Let the flowers, blooming trees, longer days and even unpredictable weather speak a renewed hope in your own life. 

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created spring.”
Sir Bernard Williams


from the ground: a poem

If ever
you were
to admire
the spring-blooming trees
may you see
much more
than flowers,
and rustling
green leaves.

may you start
to see history
roots tied
the dirt
for trees,
do not bloom
from clouds,
but from the ground,
the root,
the earth.

Morgan Harper Nichols

Embrace the hopeful nature of Spring

Open the windows
… as the weather begins to warm, enjoy the opportunity for the house to air after the winter months

Get outside
… go searching for visual reminders of nature inspire you.

Give your home a spring clean
… discard the things that don’t illustrate hope & joy

Head into the garden
… plant a herb garden, germinate some vegetable seeds etc.

Plan a picnic
… enjoy the spring produce that is becoming available

Spend some time in prayer
… embracing the gift of a new season (a prayer and song are provided below)

A Prayer: The Hope of Spring

God, thank you for Spring and the hope of warmer, longer, brighter days. Thank you for the coming of growth and life and birth.
Thank you that things are coming awake in the world.
This is what our calendar says, and we do see some signs that it is real.
But we also still struggle with the residual layover of winter.
Now we ask that you bring into reality all that belongs in this season.
Your word says that we will have provision, and hope, and joy, and health and loving relationships here and now in this life.
We ask that what belongs in this season would become actual in our practical lives. We hope in you and in your promises. We hope in your gift of Spring.

– Author Unknown sourced from Xavier University

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

With you alone to guide us
Make yourself at home in our hearts
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

We are weak and broken
Don’t let us pro mote disorder
Save us from our ignorance
and may our actions be unbiased.

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

Let us find in you our unity
journeying with you to eternal life.
Let us not stray from the way
of truth and what is right.

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

All this we ask of you e te Wairua Tapu
who are at work in every place and time.
I te Kotahitanga o te Matua, me te Tamaiti, mo āke āke.

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

Music: Mass of Christ, Light of Nations (Tony Alonso)
Copyright 2016 GIA Publications All Rights Reserved

*Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus, the first word of the Latin original meaning, “We stand before You, Holy Spirit,” which has been historically used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – 4 April 636).  As we are called to embrace this synodal path of Synod 2021-2023, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to work within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace.

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