Veni Sancte Spiritus
"From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved – our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were – but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet – it is something we must wait for with patience."
– Romans 8:22-25, which is part of the Second Reading for the Vigil Mass of Pentecost.
Detail from a mosaic in the Catholic church of St Aloysius in Somers Town, London.