The Spirit of God - Deiss

This Pentecost hymn was written by French Catholic priest Lucien Deiss (1921-2007), and includes clear references to both Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:18-19.

It was first published in 1970 by World Library Publications. It apparetnhas not been widely published in hymnals in the western world - but requests show that it is known in various countries in Africa and Asia, at least.

The tune it is set to is sometimes known as CALLED TO PROCLAIM.

Image:   By Jacqui Barker [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons



Male cantor, soprano soloist and congregation, with organ backing

Small group with keyboard backing:

Instrumental - piano


The full lyrics are still copyright (though they can be found here) - a rough outline is:
Chorus /Antiphon
The Spirit of God rests upon me.
... consecrates me.
... bids me go forth to proclaim his peace, his joy.

Each verse has four lines:

  • The first is "The Spirit of God sends me forth",
  • The second is "Called to witness the kingdom of Christ among all the nations;"
  • The last is "My spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour"

The third line in each verse is different, and names specific actions that Christians are called to, eg:

1 ... proclaim the good news of Christ to the poor.

2 ... console the hearts overcome with great sorrow.

3 ... comfort the poor who mourn and who weep.

4 ... announce the grace of salvation to all.

5 ... reveal the glory of God among all the people.

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