Sunday, May 19, 2013

Credo in Spiritum Sanctum

I believe in the Holy Ghost – He is the uncreated, perfect, animating, vivifying, enlivening Lord, Who moved upon the waters at Creation, Who is sent forth and makes and creates, Who is the spirit and ‘soul’ of the Holy Catholic Church; He is the Communion between the Father and the Son, proceeding from Them Both as from a single principle, worshipped and glorified together with Them in the Unity of the Trinity; He Who is true God with Them, equal in glory and majesty, eternal, infinite, almighty; He spoke in many and divers ways of old through the prophets, in the Law, in the Gospels and through the preaching and teaching of the Apostles and their rightful successors in the Church; He is the communion, the true bond of fellowship, between all the Saints, those elected and made holy by His divine indwelling grace, first imparted at Holy Baptism (the water thereof made holy by the secret admixture of His grace, as once He sanctified Jordan); He is invoked to illapse upon Holy Church's offerings, sanctifying and blessing them, transsubstantiating the elements into the Holy Gifts (for what is wonderfully accomplished by the words of the Second Person is at one and the same time accomplished by the blessing of the First and the epicletic overshadowing of the Third, since all works external to the Trinity are the common work of all Three), just as He by His overshadowing joined once for all Body and Blood to the Eternal Word, the very sacramental Gifts that are now in this time of grace given to make holy those who receive them, that they may become what they are (the second marvellous conversion, the sacred commerce of the sacrament), imparting the Fire of the Spirit to those christified by the Body and the Blood; He is Himself the Forgiveness of Sins (as one of the Whitsuntide Collects prays); He guarantees (as was shewn to the prophet Ezechiel) the resurrection of the flesh, and thus He imparts to this mortal flesh immortal vigour, that it may endure unto life eternal, world without end. Amen.
(From a synthesis of the Apostles’, Athanasian and Nicene Creeds, with respect also to the Armenian version of the Nicene: “We believe in the Holy Spirit, in the uncreated and the perfect; Who spoke through the Law, prophets, and Gospels; Who came down upon the Jordan, preached through the apostles, and lived in the saints.”)

Pentecost Sunday is the anniversary of my baptism, confirmation and first Communion, now just over a quarter century ago – how strange that sounds... I suppose that Sunday Mass in my parish was at nine o'clock in the morning, the same time as it still is (though this year I have instead been to the vigil Mass at six in the evening, where I assisted with the singing of the Ordinary, appropriate hymns and the Latin Sequence): how appropriate, just as on that Whitsun morn 1,980 years ago St Peter's preaching drew the first harvest of souls to the waters of rebirth.

God the Holy Ghost, save and sanctify me a most unworthy sinner.


Gervase Crouchback said...

Blessed anniversary to you Joshua,
I went yesterday to Vigil EF Mass at St Phillips North Blackburn yesterday morning . This am Mass at another church which was decked out in red balloons and streamers.

Joshua said...

Many thanks! I have certainly grieved the Holy Spirit over the years; God grant the grace to do better; since I'm still here I can but thank the Lord.

OF Mass in my parish was good; I joined the choir (as I do from time to time), and we/the soloist/she and I sang:

Processional - "Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come"
Kyrie & Gloria (Mass of St Francis)
Resp. Ps. (can't recall whose setting)
Sequence "Veni Sancte Spiritus" (plainchant)
All. V.
Offertory - "O breathe on me, Breath of God"
Sanctus, Mem. Acc., Great Amen, Agnus Dei (Mass of St Francis)
Communion - "Come down, O Love divine"
Recessional - "Tell out my soul"

Janet our organist gave us some Handel before Mass ("Handel is supreme but Bach is divine", she told us), some extemporizing on the tune of the recessional afterward, and accompanied all but the sequence.

As I said to her and the choir, I only sing if I like the hymns, but these in particular were excellent choices for this great feast.