Come Holy Spirit and wound us and make us whole. Come Holy Spirit and smite us and give us peace. In your hands we rest, in the cup of whose hands an ark sailed rudderless and without mast. In your hands we rest, and own a providence as large as sea and sky that could make of the aimless wandering of the ark a new beginning for the world. In your hands we rest, ready and content this night. To see thee is the end and the beginning. Thou carriest me and thou goest before. Thou art the journey and the journey’s end.
The anonymous prayer Come Holy Spirit was offered by The Right Reverend Alan Jones as an introduction to a series of lectures presented at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, Washington in 1979. I am grateful to Alan Jones for his blessing and encouragement towards the creation of this musical setting for the Compline Choir at Saint Mark’s later that year.