"The Gift of Counsel is a light given by the Holy Ghost, by means of which our practical intellect sees and judges rightly both what should be done in individual cases and the best means to do it." (Rev. M. Meschler, S.J., Ibid., p. 254.)
The Introit reminded them of the great blessing of their Christian calling.
Through the Sacrament of Baptism the power of the Holy Ghost had come down upon them and had purified their hearts (Collect), for "the Holy Ghost is Himself the remission of sins " (Postcommunion).
In the Sacrament of Confirmation they had, like the Disciples of Samaria of old, been filled with the power of the Spirit (Epistle).
In the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist they had eaten the Bread of Angels (Offertory).
So like faithful sheep of the divine Shepherd (Gospel), they entered the fold, that is the Church, by Him who is "the door" of the fold, and hearkened always to the teaching of the Holy Ghost (Alleluia) imparted to them by the ministers of the Church. Let us pray to God that our souls may be renewed in the Holy Ghost (Postcommunion).
Accipite jucunditatem gloriae vestrae, alleluia: gratias agentes Deo, alleluia: qui vos ad caelestia regna vocavit, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. * Attendite, popule meus, legem meam: inclinate aurem vestram in verba oris mei.
Receive the most sweet gift which shall be your glory, alleluia: giving thanks to God, alleluia, who hath called you to the heavenly kingdom, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. * Attend, O My people, to My law: incline your ears to the words of My mouth.
(4 Esdras 2:36-37 and Psalm 77:1 from the Introit of Mass)
Adsit nobis, quaesumus, Domine, virtus Splritus sancti: quae et corda nostra clementer expurget, et ab omnibus tueatur adversis.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that the power of the Holy Ghost may abide in us; may it mercifully cleanse our hearts, and defend us from all danger.