Come Holy Spirit

Dec 5, 2019 | INSIGHTS, Manna for the Soul

There has been a Christian presence in our home town of Malvern for nearly a thousand years. It all began when a monk called Aldwyn felt the call to establish a community in the wilderness that lay to the west of the Severn. Progress was so slow though that it looked as though nothing was ever going to happen, until finally he asked the Bishop of Worcester if he could be released to go instead to the Holy Land. “Stay in your place!” Bishop Wulstan memorably replied: “Believe me, if you knew what piety God will cause to arise in that place, you would rejoice indeed!”

Aldwyn obeyed, and founded Great Malvern Priory — which led to the founding of the present town, which has been the home and place of inspiration for so many who seek the Lord Jesus with all their hearts. it is a privilege to live and play our small part in a town that was built on a promise from God and steeped in prayer.

In honour of this we have recorded a beautiful hymn that takes us right back to Saxon times, and which Sally has turned into a stunning YouTube. Many centuries after it was composed it was sung at the coronation of Charles I, and it has been used at every coronation ever since, usually directly after the creed: Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire.

It is sung for us by Harmony Greenwood, who does sterling work with us in Malvern, and Patricia Corry, who I met and led to the Lord in Paris in 1976, as the result of my alarm clock failing to go off! A long and lovely story! I met her again twenty-five years later when the Lord directed me to go to Weimar and she was present at a meeting of Christian musicians. She had been praying to get back in touch! So here the two of them are singing this exquisite hymn together our recent 2014 New Year get-together.

Come Holy Spirit

May the words as well as the music bless you. They are well worth taking to heart.

Come Holy Ghost

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
and lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soiled face
with the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far from foes, give peace at home:
where thou art guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of both, to be but One,
that through the ages all along,
this may be our endless song:

Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Candle for the Lord

Let’s light a candle to quiet and prepare our spirits, and to celebrate the promise of His coming.

As we light this candle, may it be a sign of the love of Christ that binds people and nations together. This is all the more important at this time when strong currents are seeking to turn friends and neighbours against each other, and to damage and destroy the work of Christ.

Sally filmed this candle in her house and for us and set it to Scriptural ‘titles’ of the Lord Jesus. May it bring deep stillness – and gird up our hearts to pray, whether for personal or wider issues.

Candle with music

Candle without music


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