The Spirit sends us forth to serve

The Spirit sends us forth to serve. Delores Dufner* (OSB) (1939- ). One of the most published hymns by Sr. Dufner, ‘The Spirit sends’ was written in 1993 and initially published in her first collection, Sing a New Church (Portland, Oregon, 1994). Following the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), one of the places in the liturgy available for congregational singing was at the point of the dismissal (Ite, missa est / Go, the mass is ended) following the Eucharist. ‘The Spirit sends us forth to serve’ is a theological expansion of the dismissal.  Having just experienced the epiclesis--the invocation of the Holy Spirit to bless the communion elements--as a part of the...

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