In the earliest times the Holy Spirit was falling upon those who believed, and was given the ability to speak in languages, which they had not previously learned, even as the Spirit was giving them utterance. These were signs adapted for the time. For it was in this manner necessary that the Holy Spirit to be shown in all the languages which the Gospel of God was about to run around all the earth through all the languages. That it is to be a sign and has passed.

Can it now be to those receiving the laying of hands when they receive the Holy Spirit, is there an expectation with this, that they must speak in languages? Or rather when hands are laid on the Catechumens, do we pay attention to whether they speak in languages or when it is seen of them that they do not speak in languages, is it according to the perverseness of the heart with some of us that we would say, “These did not receive the Holy Spirit, for if they did receive, would they be speaking in languages even as was done in times past?

Then, if it should not now be appointed as the evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit through these miracles, from what point does it take place, from which point does each one knows that he himself has received the Holy Spirit? We should examine our own hearts and if we find the love of peace and unity; the love of the Church which has been spread throughout the whole earth, then, the Spirit of God dwells within us.

Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit
and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit
we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,
Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

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