Saturday, May 23, 2015

Come Holy Spirit: The Spirit and the Bride Say Come

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let the hearer say, “Come.” Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of life-giving water. Revelation 22:7

The Wise and Foolish Virgins, Jan Adam Kruseman
I knew there wasn't much hope of finding an image of the Holy Spirit and a bride that didn't look kind of cheesy, but I did find this which seems oddly appropriate.

And this which was just too beautiful not to post.

Detail of The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow 
And it's this to which we are called.

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb from the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck
I will not at this time write about this picture at the great length at which I am able, but I probably will at sometime in the future. If you would like to look at it greater detail, you can do that at the Web Gallery of Art or at several other places online.
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen. Prayer from Day 9 of Novena to the Holy Spirit.


  1. If you want to see the Ghent Altarpiece in real detail, the best place is probably:

  2. This post sent me off looking for an internet picture of the medieval mural of the wise and foolish virgins in the church of the Beguinage in Leuven, but I can't find one. I did find engraved series by Martin Schongauer, Antoon Wierix, and Niklaus Manuel Deutsch. And this, which I like a great deal and immediately brought George Herbert's "Love bade me welcome" to mind: