Monday, February 19, 2007

Worshipping the Holy Spirit

"JARZJR" asked the following question in the General Theology board at Holy Culture Radio:
I know this sounds like a silly question but I was wondering why i don't really hear prayers or songs directed toward worshiping the Holy Spirit. I mean i know we ask Him for wisdom, and guidance, and direction but you never hear anyone just worshiping Him. Is this just because that is His role of helper in the GodHead or does He also recieve worship when we worship The Father and The Son? I know that all three persons of the Trinity are co-equal, co-existing, and co-eternal, and I know we worship them collectively as God. But it seems like we worship The Father and Jesus seperately as well. So why not the Holy Spirit? Or do we?

Theres probably a simple answer to this, so please inform me.
It is certainly well and good to worship the Holy Spirit and to pray to Him. After all, He is a Divine Person, equal in divinity to the Father and the Son. However, it does seem as though the Spirit is the most neglected of the Persons of the Trinity. I think we can only speculate as to why that is. Personally, I wonder if it might have something to do with the fact that historically, the Church spent so much time hammering out her Christological beliefs that there was little time or reason to devote much energy on the Spirit. The heresies concerning the Spirit are very few, but the Christological heresies are many.

That said, here are some prayers to the Holy Spirit: By the way, anyone can pray these prayers. Of all of them, "Come Holy Spirit" is probably the most popular. I hope that helps.

Pax Christi,


The Rascal said...

Nicholas: I'm sure you're a fine young man, but as a recovering Catholic, I urge you to read Sam Harris' book "Letter to a Christian Nation" and quit trying to calculate, figuratively speaking, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

Anonymous said...

Some great links to prayers to the Holy Spirit! Thanks!

phatcatholic said...

Rascal....I'm guessing you object to my speculation regarding the reason for the relative scarcity of theology and worship of the Spirit in comparison to that which is devoted to the Father and the Son. Care to explain why?

Deacon Bill Burns said...

"Come Holy Ghost, Creator blest, And in our hearts take up they rest."

There's at least that one, and a great hymn it is.

Rascal, I believe, is telling you that your endeavors are pointless. He seems to have bought into Sam Harris's falsehoods.

phatcatholic said...

What falsehoods would those be?

Deacon Bill Burns said...

He's one of the folks, along with Dawkins, pushing the "abolish all religions" mindset. See and

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