Guide the steps that go astray…

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum,
veni, lumen cordium.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.
In our labour, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
In labore requies,
in aestu temperies,
in fletu solatium.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend:
Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium.
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end.
Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium.

Amen. Alleluia!

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