While the Cathedral’s celebration of Pentecost on Sunday will look dramatically different from years past, let us join together in praise and gratitude for the enduring gift of the Holy Spirit. This morning I listened to the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and was reminded that, especially in the difficult times we are living through, we are blessed with the inestimable love of God.
Come down, O Love divine
1 Come down, O Love divine,
Seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.
2 O let it freely burn,
Till earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let thy glorious light
Shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.
4 And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.
Words: Bianco da Siena (d. 1434?); tr. Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-1890), alt.
Music: Down Ampney, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Faithfully, Diane Butler, Jr. Warden