Two Festivals in May
This month includes two of the year’s church festivals. Here are a couple of prayers to use in your personal prayer times.
May 10th Ascension Day
I pray that the risen Christ
will lead me to eternal life
God my Father,
make me joyful
in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May I follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is my glory and our hope.
I ask this through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pentecost May 20th
Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
that my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me O Holy Spirit
that my works, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit
that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit
to defend that is holy;
Guard me then O Holy Spirit
that I always may be holy.
St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)
O God, send forth your Holy Spirit into my heart that I may perceive,
into my mind that I may remember, and into my soul that I may meditate.
Inspire me to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and mercy.
Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses from beginning to end.
May your grace ever help and correct me,
and may I be strengthened now with wisdom from on high,
for the sake of your infinite mercy. Amen.
by Saint Anthony of Padua