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The Mission of the Holy Spirit | by Lawrence OP
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The Mission of the Holy Spirit

"The dove descending breaks the air

With flame of incandescent terror

Of which the tongues declare

The one discharge from sin and error.

The only hope, or else despair

Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre-

To be redeemed from fire by fire.





Who then devised the torment? Love.

Love is the unfamiliar Name

Behind the hands that wove

The intolerable shirt of flame

Which human power cannot remove.

We only live, only suspire

Consumed by either fire or fire.”


– T. S. Eliot


My sermon for today, Pentecost Sunday, can be read here.


Stained glass detail from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow.

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Taken on May 29, 2012