Mary Prays for Outpouring of the Spirit

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Pentecost, Mary prays for the Paraclete in the Upper Room - by RESTOUT, Jean - from Musée du Louvre, Paris


Paraclete (Latin <Consolator>; Greek <Parakletos>), an Appellation of the Holy Ghost. Variously translated "Advocate", "Intercessor", "Teacher", "Helper", "Comforter". According to St John, the Mission of the Paraclete is to Abide with the Disciples after Jesus has withdrawn His Visible-Presence from them; to Inwardly Bring-home to them the Teaching Externally given by Christ and thus to Stand as a Witness to the Doctrine and Work of the Savior. There is no reason for limiting to the Apostles themselves the Comforting Influence of the Paraclete. The Paraclete Comforts the Church by Guaranteeing her Inerrancy and Fostering Her Sanctity. He Comforts each Individual Soul in many ways. Every Salutary Condition, Power, and Action, in fact the Whole Range of our Salvation, comes within the Comforter's Mission. Its Extraordinary Effects are styled Gifts, Fruits, Beatitudes. Its Ordinary Working is Sanctification with all it entails, Habitual Grace, Infused Virtues, Adoption, and the Right to the Celestial Inheritance. "The Charity of God", says St Paul, "is Poured-forth in our Hearts by the Holy Ghost Who is given to us". In that Passage the Paraclete is both the Giver and the Gift: the Giver of Grace (<Donum Creatum>) and the Gift of the Father and the Son (<Donum Increatum>). St Paul teaches repeatedly that:

the Holy Ghost dwells in us.

from the Catholic Encyclopedia


Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Holy Ghost dwells 'in-you'
in a very Special and Personal way.

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)




(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/
Infused Virtues
and Gifts of the
Holy Ghost

The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe, and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.



Mary Prays for Outpouring of the Spirit

by Pope John Paul II

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1. Retracing the course of the Virgin Mary's Life, the Second Vatican Council recalls her presence in the Community waiting for Pentecost. "But since it had Pleased God not to Manifest Solemnly the Mystery of the Salvation of the Human Race before He would Pour-forth the Spirit Promised by Christ, we see the Apostles before the day of Pentecost 'Persevering with One Mind in Prayer with the Women and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and with His Brethren' (Acts 1:14), and we also see Mary by her Prayers Imploring the Gift of the Spirit, Who had already Overshadowed her in the Annunciation" (Lumen Gentium, n. 59).


She Helped the Disciples Prepare
for Spirit's Coming

The First Community is the Prelude to the Birth of the Church; the Blessed Virgin's Presence helps to sketch her Definitive Features, a Fruit of the Gift of Pentecost.

2. In the Atmosphere of Expectation that Prevailed in the Upper Room after the Ascension, what was Mary's Position in Relation-to the Descent of the Holy Spirit?

The Council expressly underscores her Prayerful Presence while waiting for the Outpouring-of the Paraclete: she Prays, "Imploring the Gift of the Spirit". This Observation is Particularly Significant since at the Annunciation the Holy Spirit had Descended upon her, "Overshadowing" her and Bringing-about the Incarnation of the Word.

Having already had a Unique Experience of the Effectiveness of such a Gift, the Blessed Virgin was in a Condition to Appreciate it more than anyone; indeed, she owed Her Motherhood to the Mysterious Intervention of the Spirit, Who had made her the Way by which the Savior came into the World.

Unlike those in the Upper Room who were Waiting in Fearful Expectation, she, Fully Aware of the Importance of her Son's Promise to the Disciples (cf. John 14:16), Helped the Community to be Well Disposed to the Coming of the "Paraclete".

Thus, while her Unique Experience made her Ardently Long for the Spirit's Coming, it also Involved her in Preparing the Minds and Hearts of those around her.

3. During that Prayer in the Upper Room, in an Attitude of Deep Communion with the Apostles, with some Women and with Jesus' "Brethren", the Mother of the Lord Prays for the Gift of the Spirit for herself and for the Community.

It was Appropriate that the First Out-pouring of the Spirit upon her, which had happened in view of her Divine Motherhood, should be Repeated and Reinforced. Indeed, at the Foot of the Cross Mary was Entrusted with a 'New' Motherhood, which concerned Jesus' Disciples. It was precisely this Mission that demanded a Renewed Gift of the Spirit. The Blessed Virgin therefore wanted It for the Fruitfulness of her Spiritual Motherhood.

While at the Moment of the Incarnation the Holy Spirit had Descended upon her as a Person called to take-part Worthily in the Great Mystery, every thing is now accomplished for the sake of the Church, Whose Image, Model and Mother Mary is called to be.

In the Church and for the Church, Mindful of Jesus' Promise, she waits for Pentecost and Implores a Multiplicity of Gifts for everyone, in accordance with each one's Personality and Mission.

4. Mary's Prayer has Particular Significance in the Christian Community: It Fosters the Coming of the Spirit, Imploring His Action in the Hearts of the Disciples and in the World. Just as in the Incarnation the Spirit had Formed the Physical Body of Christ in Her Virginal Womb, now in the Upper Room the same Spirit comes-down to give Life to the Mystical Body.

Thus Pentecost is also a Fruit of the Blessed Virgin's Incessant Prayer, which is Accepted by the Paraclete with Special Favor because It is an Expression of Her Motherly Love for the Lord's Disciples.

In contemplating Mary's Powerful Intercession as she waits for the Holy Spirit, Christians of every age have frequently had Recourse to her Intercession on the Long and Tiring Journey to Salvation, in order to Receive the Gifts of the Paraclete in Greater Abundance.


Mary had a Deep Influence on the Early Community

5. Responding to the Prayer of the Blessed Virgin and the Community gathered in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit Bestows the Fullness of His Gifts on the Blessed Virgin and those present, working a Deep Transformation in them for the Sake of Spreading the Good News. The Mother of Christ and His Disciples are Granted New Strength and New Apostolic Energy for the Church's Growth. In particular, the Outpouring-of the Spirit leads Mary to Exercise her Spiritual Motherhood in an Exceptional Way, through her Presence Imbued with Charity and her Witness of Faith.

In the Nascent (blossoming) Church she passes on to the Disciples her Memories of the Incarnation, the Infancy, the Hidden Life and the Mission of her Divine Son as a Priceless Treasure, thus Helping to make Him Known and to Strengthen the Faith of Believers.

We have no information about Mary's Activity in the Early Church, but we may suppose that after Pentecost her Life would have continued to be Hidden and Discreet, Watchful and Effective. Since she was Enlightened and Guided by the Spirit, she Exercised a Deep Influence on the Community of the Lord's Disciples.


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Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest)

One of the most widely used Hymns in the Church, Veni, Creator Spiritus, is attributed to Blessed Rabanus Maurus; (776-856). It is used at Vespers, Pentecost, Dedication of a Church, Confirmation, and Holy Orders and whenever the Holy Spirit is Solemnly Invoked. A Partial Indulgence is granted to the Faithful who recite it. A Plenary Indulgence is granted if it is recited on January 1st or on the Feast of Pentecost.

Veni, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissima donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.

Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius,
pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utrisque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis
surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.


Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our Souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy Grace and Heavenly Aid
to fill the Hearts which Thou hast made.

O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
O Heavenly Gift of God Most High,
O Fount of Life and Fire of Love,
and Sweet Anointing from above.

Thou in Thy Sevenfold Gifts are known;
Thou, Finger of God's Hand we own;
Thou, Promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the Tongue with Power Imbue.

Kindle our Sense from above,
and make our Hearts o'erflow with Love;
with Patience firm and Virtue high
the Weakness of our Flesh Supply.

Far from us Drive the Foe we dread,
and grant us Thy Peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for Guide,
turn from the Path of Life aside.

Oh, may Thy Grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the Eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who Rose from Death, be Glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in Earth and Heaven.