The Pentecost Novena is the Church’s great, ancient Prayer of the New Covenant.  It the nine-day waiting on The Spirit prayer that led to the Church’s start, at the gathering of Jesus’ apostles and disciples and Mary in Jerusalem, of whom all were asking for the Holy Spirit and His power to come down/come forth upon Christ’ followers. .  It was prayed on a Jewish feast called Pentecost (the 50th feast after Passover) which now is known as the Birthday of the Church and the Day of the Descent of the Holy Spirit to all believers in Jesus.   The Novena was answered so powerfully!

Novena to the Holy Spirit.   Part 1 (of 2).              +Sign of the Cross.

Daily Scriptural Prayer:  “At His Ascension, Jesus commanded His followers not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for The Gift of which the Father has promised… to await to be clothed from On High.” “For you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses… beginning in Jerusalem, and then forth to the ends of the earth.” (from Acts 1)                 

Daily Holy Spirit Prayer:  “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 (re-)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.”

Daily Prayer for the Seven Gifts:    You may pray simply for the Gifts of the Spirit, or use this full prayer below, which also describes what you are asking for, within the prayer….. O Lord, Sweet Spirit, give me (1) wisdom to see the big picture of life as You see it. Then give me (2) understanding to live out Your holy plan and Your good will for my life.  Please also give me (3) right judgment concerning what is most loving and good for each situation of which I come upon, or of which I and others come upon together in Your community of faith.  Grant me (4) knowledge of You and Your ways, in The Father, with all help given through Christ’ Body, the Church, and by Word of God in Sacred Scripture, and in the experience of You with Spirit-filled believers in community.   As I live by You, Divine Advocate, and Strength of God given, may I do all things in (5) courage and in a firm purpose of life to glorify Jesus, The Eternal Son.  O Spirit, You are given to us to help us conform into Him, and thus You are glorified.   O Spirit, I also ask You to help me to live (6) in piety, being reverent in my life, that in always giving respect to Your Divine Presence about me and in me, as well as in giving respect of life to other people and creatures, all of whom are made by You.  May this prayerful humility so inspire Your goodness to be present in me.   Lastly, by these holy gifts, may it help me to have a manner of (7) awe and wonder of You throughout my life.

The Abiding Prayer:  I am honored and humbled that You would even choose to dwell in me, a lowly creature, while You are so great!  I am excited to be alive in You!  It is wondrous to have this sweet reconciliation and renewal and communion with You.  You ask Your own people to abide in Your love and in Your ways, and to be fruitful in The Vine–the Saving Life of Jesus.  Indeed, Lord!  Yes! I say Yes to you!  Amen. Amen.

Novena of the Holy Spirit. Part 2 (the nine varied petitions)    “God come to our assistance!  Lord, make haste to help us!”
(Use a holy pause here to petition God for what you need of the Holy Spirit, or to ask God to supply what He knows is needed in you.)
Now, pray one of the prayers below, as you go through the nine days of the Novena.

Day 1:      Come Holy Spirit, Creator, enlighten our paths, lift up our enthusiasm and joy as Your own people in this parish, and help us witness to the world Your friendship and love.  We thank you for all of our years and experiences of faith.  We pray for the Four Cardinal Virtues to be in us all, too, that of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, and Justice.

Day 2:  Come Holy Spirit of truth and wisdom, and enlighten our minds and hearts, and give us strength and understanding to all in this parish mission. Help us carry out our responsibilities to one another and with the people in our neighborhoods and community in whom You call us to meet.  Help us use our gifts and talents and opportunities to help you in any way in building up your Kingdom.

Day 3: Come Holy Spirit of life!  Bless all of our families and all the persons in our community.  Heal the hearts of any that are wounded, and heal our sick, and revive the tepid of faith. Help us to live in Your holy love.

Day 4:  Come Sweet Consoler, the Best.  Visit us in our hearts, and rest.  Do bestow refreshing peace, and release Your calm and trust in us, please.   Dear Lord, with the anxiety and restlessness and fevered pitch of the world, help me find a refuge in You.

Day 5:  Spirit of Unity, we need you.  Your sons and daughters in The Lamb call for help to exhibit what oneness and love can come about in Your Care.   We are still far from the true, penetrating witness the world needs to see of us.  Grant that I may be inspired to love, respect, and work with all members of Christ’ Body, in these brothers and sisters in the Fold of the Chief Shepherd, Jesus.                        

Day 6:  You pour out holy gifts to us (Acts 2:17-18).  Therefore, we are called to be Gifted in grace and love.  Help us to receive the gifts, through You, The Spirit.  As a Pentecost sequence song pleads for the blessing, we join in the words:  “Holy Spirit of blessing, Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray! Come, O Lord, show us the Way!”

Day 7: Come, O Blessed Spirit, and help me live in the Three Great Theological Graces!  Strengthen my faith, increase my hope, and perfect my charity.

Day 8:  We pray for Your Word to be planted down deep in us.  Help the Sacred Scriptures to be daily sustenance to us.  Help us to open and use our Bibles. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.  I make a solemn vow to observe your righteous judgments.  (In this world,) I am very much afflicted, Lord; give me life in accord with your word.”  (Ps. 119:105-106)

Day 9:  As a member of the Church and a parish, I pledge myself to support its work, in generous prayer, participation, and financial tithes, as I am able, and in a prioritized manner.  I begin anew the vow on Pentecost, the Birthday of The Church.  You, Lord “love the cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:7)

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Closing Prayer of each day:      A PERSONAL ACT OF CONSECRATION
Bowed down before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body, to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept even from the smallest sin against You.  Therefore, there will be more room for Your love in me.  Mercifully assist me in my every thought and concern of the heart, aided by Your promptings of goodness, that I may recognize Your voice or movement, so to follow Your gracious inspirations.  I cling to Christ’ Cross, I pray for the rising power of His Resurrection, and I desire now to live as an empowered member of Your fellowship. Give me grace, O Holy Advocate and Counselor, that my spirit, and that of the other members of the Church, may pray as Mary:  “This soul proclaims the greatness of The Lord… this spirit rejoices in God the Savior…  He has done great things!  Holy is His Name.”  Amen.

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