“We need the Holy Spirit …

…  to understand the Holy Spirit.”

One of my GoodReads “now reading” books is Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit in Orthodox Tradition.” The author is Fr. John Oliver, a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese serving St. Elizabeth the New Martyr mission in Tennessee.  I found Fr. John through his warm, yet profound podcast series ” Hearts and Minds”  at Ancient Faith Radio.

In the book’s introduction, he gives us this “most fitting plea” to receive the Holy Spirit from St. Symeon the New Theologian (942-1022), found in Hymns of Divine Love ( Denville NY, Dimension, 1976).

Come, true light. Come, eternal life. Come, hidden mystery. Come, nameless treasure.

Come, ineffable reality. Come, inconceivable person. Come, endless bliss. Come, non-setting sun.

Come, infallible expectation of all those who must be saved. Come O Powerful One, who always creates and recreates and transforms by Your will alone.

Come, O invisible and totally intangible and impalpable. Come, you who always remain motionless and each moment move completely and come to us, asleep in hades, O you above the heavens.

Come, O beloved Name and repeated everywhere, but of whom it is absolutely forbidden for us to express the existence or to know the Nature.

Come, eternal joy. Come, non-tarnishing crown. Come, great purple of the great king our God.

Come, crystalline cincture, studded with precious stones. Come, inaccessible sandal. Come, royal purple.

Come, truly sovereign right hand. Come, you who my miserable soul has desired and desires.

Come, You the Lonely, to the lonely, since You see I am lonely. Come, You who have separated me from everything and made me solitary in this world.

Come, You who have become Yourself desire in me, who have made me desire You, You the absolutely inaccessible one.

Come, my breath and my life! Come, consolation of my poor soul! Come, my joy, my glory, my endless light!