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Veni Creator Spiritus “Come, Creator Spirit” English & Latin

December 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Prayer

veni, creator spiritus

Come, O Creator Spirit,
visit our minds.
Fill with your grace
the hearts you have created.

O you who are called Paraclete,
gift of the Most High God,
living spring, fire, love,
anointing of the soul.

Finger of God's right hand,
the Saviour's promise,
send forth your seven gifts,
stir in us the word.

Be light to the mind,
burning love in the heart.
Heal our wounds
with the balm of your love.

From the enemy defend us,
bring forth the gift of peace.
With your invincible hand
keep us from all harm.

Light of eternal wisdom,
unveil to us the great mystery
of God the Father and the Son
united in one single Love.

To God the Father be glory,
to the Son who is risen
and to the Spirit, the Paraclete,
For ages unending.


Veni, Creator Spiritus,
Mentes tuorum visita,
Imple superna gratia,
Quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
Altissimi donum Dei,
Fons vivus, ignis, caritas
Et spiritalis unctio.

Tu septiformis munere
Digitus paternae dexterae
Tu rite promissum Patris,
Sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus
Infunde amorem cordibus
Infirma nostri corporis
Virtute firmas perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius
Pacemque dones protinus;
Ductore sic te praevio
Vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem
Noscamus atque Filium
Teque utriusque Spiritum
Credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit gloria
Et Filio, qui a mortuis
Surrexit, ac Paraclito
In saeculorum saecula.


As found in the Letter of the Holy Father Pope John Paul II to Priests for Holy Thursday 1998.

When Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus), Carmelite reformer, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, was praying this prayer one day, she fell into a rapture which came upon her so suddenly that it almost carried her out of herself.


Art for this post titled “Veni, Creator Spiritus”: Holy Spirit Detail of Chair of Saint Peter in St. Peter's Basilica, Sergey Smirnov, own work 03.05.2008, CC-SA 3.0 Unported, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Liz Estler

Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Theology (Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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