Pentecost my black, cold heart

Handvoll Gold by Powerhauer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

To me who am but black, cold charcoal
grant, O Lord,
that by the fire of Pentecost,
I may be set ablaze.

after St. John of Damascus, c. 675 – 749, Syrian monk


I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. – John the Baptist

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