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Novena to the Holy Spirit

 

 

The Holy Spirit is the promised gift of Jesus to the Church.(See John 14:16-17). 

The Acts of the Apostles tells how that promise was fulfilled:

 

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly out of the sky came a sound like a strong rushing wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  There appeared tongues as if of fire which parted and came to rest upon each one of them.  Acts 2:1-2

 

 

Setting aside nine days to pray to the Holy Spirit is an ancient custom in the Church.  The Acts of the Apostles(1:12) tells us that the disciples returned from the Ascension experience to the upper room and waited in prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  When we pray this novena, we wait in prayer for the Holy Spirit just as Mary and the disciples did.  Following their example, the Church prays the liturgical novena to the Holy Spirit during the nine days before Pentecost.

Blessed Pope John Paul said, "The action of the Holy Spirit is that of 'bearing witness'.  It is an interior, 'immanent' action in the hearts of the disciples, who then bear witness to Christ externally. "  Praying to receive the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit is a sure way of obtaining the power to live our lives as witnesses to the gospel of Jesus.  Our frequent need for support and guidance as disciples of Jesus makes it appropriate for us to pray this novena not just at Pentecost but at any time of the year.

 

 

 

Opening Prayer

(Say this prayer at the beginning of the novena each day for nine days)

 

Holy Spirit, gift of the Father, Spirit of light and love, open our hearts and minds and give us your inspiration and truth.  Inflame our hearts with love of God and love of neighbor.  May our lives reflect the life and virtues of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  To him, with the Father and you, divine Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever. Amen.

 

 

Concluding Prayer

(Say this prayer at the end of the novena each day for nine days)

 

Spirit of Jesus, come to me.  Enable me to think like Jesus Christ, to will like Jesus Christ, to act and suffer like Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit, fill me with a lively interest in my Divine Savior, with the desire to please him, the longing to imitate him, the need to resemble him.  Grant that Jesus may live in me through Mary. Amen.

 

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First Day

Gift of Faith

 

Say Opening Prayer(above)

 

 

All those who walk in the Spirit of God are sons and daughters of God. Romans 8:14

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us.  May our words and deeds proclaim The kingdom of Jesus, our Savior.  Enlighten our minds to do what is right and just.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day.  (Here mention your intentions.)  You are the Hope of the afflicted, Consoler of the abandoned, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak, and Friend of the lowly.  With confidence we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love, and increase in us the gift of faith.  Amen. 

 

 

Sequence

Holy Spirit, source of light,

From the clear celestial height

Your pure beaming radiance give.

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer(Above)

 

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Second Day

Gift of Charity

 

Say Opening Prayer(Above)

 

 

Now I give you a new commandment: Love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.  If you have love for one another.  John 13:34-35

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us.  May our lives reflect the love of Jesus in all we do and say this day.  Help us to be instruments of peace and reconciliation in a world torn by war and violence.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day.  (Here mention your intentions.)   You are the Hope of the afflicted, Consoler of the abandoned, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak, and Friend of the lowly. With confidence we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love, and increase in us the gift of charity.  Amen.

 

 

Sequence

Come, protector of the poor,

Come with treasures that endure;

Come, you light of all that live!

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer(Above)

 

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Third Day

Gift of Wisdom

 

 

Say Opening Prayer(Above)

 

 

From now on, the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you.  John 14:26

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us.  Open our ears to hear the voice of Jesus who calls us to proclaim the gospel of peace and joy by deeds of loving concern for others.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day. (Here mention your intentions.) You are the Hope of the afflicted, Consoler of the abandoned, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak, And Friend of the lowly.  With confidence we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love, and increase in us the gift of wisdom.  Amen.

 

 

Sequence

You, of all consolers best,

You, the soul's delightful guest,

Do refreshing peace bestow.

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer(Above)

 

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Fourth Day

Gift of Understanding

 

 

Say Opening Prayer(Above)

 

 

When he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into the whole truth. 

                                                                                                    John 16:13

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us.  Through this Holy Spirit may we live our lives open to the truth of your holy word.  Make us messengers of the Good News of our salvation in Christ.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, Hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day. (Here mention your intentions.)  You are the Hope of the afflicted, Consoler of the abandoned, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak, And Friend of the lowly.  With confidence we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love, and increase in us the gift of understanding.  Amen.

 

 

Sequence

You in toil are comfort sweet;

Pleasant cooness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer(Above)

 

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Fifth Day

Gift of Knowledge

 

 

Say Opening Prayer(Above)

 

 

All that the Father has is mine; because of this I have just told you, that the Spirit will take what is mine and make it known to you.  John 16:15

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us.  Keep us open to your voice speaking in the many events of our lives.  Grant us the grace of patient listening and Christlike concern for others.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day. (Here mention your intentions.)  You are the Hope of the afflicted, Consoler of the abandoned, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak, and Friend of the lowly.  With confidence we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love, and increase in us the give of knowledge.  Amen.

 

 

Sequence

Light immortal, light divine,

Make our hearts your own lifeline,

And our inmost being fill.

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer(Above)

 

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Sixth Day

Gift of Counsel

 

 

Say Opening Prayer(Above)

 

 

We feel secure even in trials, knowing that trials produce patience, from patience comes merit, merit is the source of hope, and hope does not disappoint us because the Holy Spirit has been given to us, pouring into our hearts the love of God.

Romans 5:3-5

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us, give us strength to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.  Let not the trials and difficulties of life discourage us from following his gospel.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day. (Here mention your intentions.)  You are the Hope of the afflicted, Consoler of the abandoned, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak, and Friend of the lowly.  With confidence we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love, and increase in us the gift of counsel. Amen.

 

 

Sequence

If you take your grace away,

Nothing pure in us will stay;

All our good is turned to ill.

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer(Above)

 

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Seventh Day

Gift of Fortitude

 

 

Opening Prayer(Above)

 

 

God's spirit has filled the whole world, and he who holds together all things knows each word that is spoken.   Wisdom 1:7

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us. Give us confidence in your never-ending care for us.  Fill us with serenity and peace.  May our lives reflect your mercy and love to those who live in fear and anxiety.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, foever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day. (Here mention your intentions.)  You are the Hope of the afflicted, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak,  and Friend of the lowly.  With confidence we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love, and increase in us the gift of fortitude.  Amen.

 

 

Sequence

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;

On our dryness pour your dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away.

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer(Above)

 

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Eighth Day

Gift of Piety

 

 

Say Opening Prayer(Above)

 

 

I will send you the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father.  When this Helper comes, he will be my witness, and you, too, will be my witnesses for you have been with me from the beginning.  John 15:26-27

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us.  May our lives proclaim the risen Christ by our witness of loving compassion.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day. (Here mention your intentions.)  You are the Hope of the afflicted, Consoler of the abandoned, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak, and Friend of the lowly.  With confidence we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love, and increase in us the gift of piety.  Amen.

 

 

Sequence

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer( Above)

 

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Ninth Day

Gift of Fear of the Lord

 

 

Say Opening Prayer(Above)

 

 

If the Spirit of him who raised Christ from the dead is within you, he who raised Christ from among the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies.  Yes, he will do it through his Sprit who dwells within you.  Romans 8:11

 

 

Compassionate God.  Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us.  May our lives be a reflection of the compassionate Christ in a world longing for peace and justice.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Intercession

Holy Spirit, Source of light and healing, hear the prayers and petitions we present to you this day. (Here mention your intentions.)  You are the Hope of the afflicted, Consoler of the abandoned, Protector of the needy, Strength of the weak, and Friend of the lowly. With confidnece we make our prayer to you.  Descend on us with the fire of your love.  And increase in us the gift of fear of the Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Sequence

We confess you, and adore,

you sustain us evermore,

And your seven gifts do send.

 

 

Say Concluding Prayer(Above)

 

 

NOW WE CONCLUDE THE NOVENA BY PRAYING THE FOLLOWING

 

 

Conclusion of Novena

 

 

All of these together gave themselves to constant prayer.  With them were some women and also Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his disciples.  Acts 1:14

 

 

Spirit of the living God, descend on us as you did on Mary and the disciples gathered in prayer in the upper room.  Like them, we have gathered these nine days in prayer to you, the source of divine love and compassion.  Fill us with the divine energy of your sevenfold gifts.  May our lives proclaim the greatness of your love and mercy.  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the world with the fire of your love.  Amen.

 

 

Sequence

Give us comfort when we die;

Give us life with you on high;

Give us joys that never end.

 

 

Prayer to Mary

Mary, Daughter of the Father,

Spouse of the Holy Spirit,

Mother of the Incarnate Word,

Intercede for us.  Amen.