Prayers of Invitation to the Holy Spirit (continued)
Today's Collect, appointed for Confirmation services, was drafted for the 1979 Prayer Book by the Committee on Christian Initiation.
Grant, Almighty God, that we, who have been redeemed from the old life of sin by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, may be renewed in your Holy Spirit, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Perhaps this portion from the Letter to Titus inspired the Committee in its work:
". . . when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth [baptism] and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (3:4-7).
Notice that the Spirit is "poured"— the image connects pouring the water of rebirth with the gift of the Holy Spirit at baptism.
This pairing of the Holy Spirit with pouring also occurs in these verses from the New Testament:
Luke's Acts of the Apostles
In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.
While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. . . .
Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:5:
. . . hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Here's today's prayer of invitation to the Holy Spirit, personalized.
Let us pray.
Grant, Almighty God, that, having been redeemed from the old life of sin by my baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, I may be renewed in your Holy Spirit, and live in righteousness and true holiness; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.