COME, Holy Ghost. our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art.
Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart:
Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love;
Enable with perpetual light
The dulness [dullness] of our blinded sight:
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the aboundance [abundance] of thy grace:
Keep far our foes, give peace at home;
Where thou art guide no ill can come.
Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And thee, of Both, to be but One;
That through the ages all along
This may be our endless song.
Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Book of the Gospels and the Book of the Ordinal shall be carried to the Holy Table before the Bishop.
Then taking the keys in his right hand, and the pastoral staff in his left hand, the Bishop, alone and unattended, and hearing in mind the flock committed to his charge, shall measure the length of the fold of the Temple of God, passing up through the Choir to the Holy Table.
The Bishop passes through the Choir, and so up the steps to the Holy Table where he makes his humble adoration. Then, placing the keys upon the Holy Table, he shall say:
O LORD Jesus Christ, who hast the key of David, who openest and no man shutteth, give thy power, we pray thee, to us thy servants, and grant that this house, now opened for thy service, may always be filled with thy presence, and may ever remain a refuge for thy faithful people, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.