Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus

 Prayer of Invocation to the Holy Spirit for an

ecclesial assembly of governance or discernment (thus synodal)


Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus, the first word of the Latin original meaning, “We stand before You, Holy Spirit,” which has been historically used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560—4 April 636).  As we are called to embrace this synodal path of the Synod 2021-2023, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to operate within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace.  For the Synod 2021-2023, we propose to use this simplified version, so that any group or liturgical assembly can pray more easily.

          We stand before You, Holy Spirit,

               as we gather together in Your name.

          With You alone to guide us,

               make Yourself at home in our hearts;

          Teach us the way we must go

               and how we are to pursue it.

          We are weak and sinful;

               do not let us promote disorder.

          Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path

               nor partiality influence our actions.

          Let us find in You our unity

               so that we may journey together to eternal life

               and not stray from the way of truth

               and what is right.

          All this we ask of You,

               who are at work in every place and time,

               in the communion of the Father and the Son,

               forever and ever.  Amen.



Title revised from Latin, to have a proper incipit, different from the Adsumus Dominus Sancte Spiritus.  The Caeremoniale Episcoporum 1984ss., n. 1173, only proposes the use of the Adsumus but does not give the text.  The German version Das Zeremoniale für die Bischofë, n.  1188, gives a German translation based on the Latin text of the Acta Synodalia of the Council, vol. I/1, p. 159.