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Novena to the Holy Ghost
« on: May 17, 2007, 05:36:21 PM »
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    (Start on Friday, May 18th - nine days before Pentecost)


    The novena to the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was first
    made at the direction of Our Lord when He sent His apostles back to
    Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the First Pentecost. It
    is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to
    the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the
    light, strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. To encourage
    devotion to the Holy Ghost, the Church has enriched this novena with the
    following indulgences:

    The faithful who devoutly
    assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Ghost immediately preceding
    the feast of Pentecost may gain:

    1. An indulgence of 10 years on any day of the novena

    2. A Plenary indulgence, if they take part in at least five of the
    exercises; and moreover go to confession, and receive Holy Communion and
    pray for the Holy Father's intentions.

    Those who make a private novena in honor of the Holy Ghost, either before
    Pentecost or at any other time in the year may gain:

    1. An indulgence of 7 years on any day of this novena

    2. A Plenary indulgence under the usual conditions; but if a public novena
    is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are lawfully
    hindered from being part in the same.
    [The above indulgences were granted prior to the 1968 Enchiridion of Indulgences]

    First Day

    Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!
    >From Thy clear celestial height.
    Thy pure beaming radiance give!
    The Holy Ghost

    Only one thing is important - eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore,
    is to be feared - sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and
    indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of
    Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will,
    and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to
    invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We
    know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh
    for us."


    Almighty and eternal God, Who has vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and
    the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send
    forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and
    Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge
    and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

    On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer
    myself, soul and body, to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the
    brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the
    might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I
    live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to
    grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against
    Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch
    for Thy light, and listen to Thy voice, and follow Thy gracious
    inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee, by Thy
    compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of
    Jesus, and looking at His five wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood,
    and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, Adorable
    Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never
    sin against Thee. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the
    Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, "Speak Lord, for Thy servant
    heareth." Amen.

    Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

    O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send
    the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and
    Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in
    my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom
    that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after
    the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my
    mind with the light of Thy divine truth; the Spirit of Counsel that I may
    ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven; the Spirit of
    Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may overcome with
    courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge
    that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the
    Saints; the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and
    amiable; the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence
    towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord,
    with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy
    Spirit. Amen.

    Second Day

    Come, Thou Father of the poor!
    Come, with treasures which endure!
    Come, Thou Light of all that live!

    The Gift of Fear
    The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us
    dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not
    from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial
    submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of
    wisdom, detaching us from the worldly pleasures that could in any way
    separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts,
    and in His sight will sanctify their souls."


    Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may
    set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all
    things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure
    eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the
    unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    Third Day

    Thou, of all consolers best,
    Visiting the troubled breast,
    Dost refreshing peace bestow.

    The Gift of Piety
    The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our
    most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons
    and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His
    authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible
    Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is
    filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a
    burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no


    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a
    love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His
    sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    Fourth Day

    Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
    Pleasant coolness in the heat;
    Solace in the midst of woe.

    The Gift of Fortitude
    By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and
    supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the
    will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the
    most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect,
    and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong
    tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."


    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude uphold my soul in time of troubles and
    adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give
    me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be
    overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    Fifth Day

    Light immortal! Light Divine!
    Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
    And our inmost being fill!

    The Gift of Knowledge
    The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their
    true worth - in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of
    creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose
    as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God
    even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of
    life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the
    friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him
    that possesseth it."


    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will
    of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize
    their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking
    ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    Sixth Day

    If Thou take Thy grace away,
    Nothing pure in man will stay;
    All his good is turned to ill.

    The Gift of Understanding
    Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, helps us to grasp the meaning of
    the truths of our holy religion. By faith we know them, but by Understanding
    we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner
    meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of
    life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of
    life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to
    "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge
    of God."


    Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know
    and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the
    eternal light of Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision
    of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    Seventh Day

    Heal our wounds - our strength renew;
    On our dryness pour Thy dew;
    Wash the stains of guilt away!

    The Gift of Counsel
    The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it
    to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult
    circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and
    Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the
    course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and
    Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless
    treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all things, pray to the Most
    High, that He may direct thy way in truth."


    Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may
    always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it
    away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy
    commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    Eighth Day

    Bend the stubborn heart and will;
    Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
    Guide the steps that go astray!

    The Gift of Wisdom
    Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues,
    Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of Wisdom it is written "all good
    things come to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is
    the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects
    charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom
    enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation
    of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a
    divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: "Take up thy cross
    and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light."


    Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly
    things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them
    above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to
    attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

    Ninth Day

    Thou, on those who evermore
    Thee confess and Thee adore
    In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend:
    Give them comfort when they die;
    Give the life with Thee on high;
    Give them joys which never end. Amen.

    The Fruits of the Holy Ghost
    The gifts of the Holy Ghost perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us
    to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in
    the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost, our
    service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue becomes
    more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and
    consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Ghost. These Fruits in turn
    render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful
    incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is
    to reign.


    Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity,
    joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance,
    that I may never weary on the service of God, but by continued faithful
    submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in
    the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts


    Prayer to the Holy Ghost

    Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the
    fire of Thy love.

    V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;

    R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

    Let us pray - Oh God, Who hast instructed the hearts of the faithful by the
    light of the Holy Ghost, grant that by the same Spirit we may be always
    truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord.
    Amen. (From the Roman Missal).


    O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
    Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.
    Tell me what I should do, give me Your orders.
    I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me
    and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.
    Let me only know Your will. Amen
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    « Reply #1 on: June 03, 2011, 04:51:08 PM »
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    « Reply #2 on: June 04, 2011, 01:14:35 AM »
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  • Don't forget to pray to our Blessed Mother during the Novena.

    The Apostles were united in prayer with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and she (so to speak) drew down upon them from her Divine Son the Lord Holy Ghost in the plenitude of all His gifts and graces. This was why she was there with them. She is the Immaculate Conception, she was already the ineffable tabernacle and most pure Spouse of the Holy Ghost. Just as the Blessed Virgin went to St. Elizabeth, that she and the Precursor St. John the Baptist would obtain the grace of the Holy Ghost and the glad tidings of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, so Mary Most Holy accompanied the Apostles for the same purpose, for she was constituted as supreme Arbitress and Mediatress of the graces won by the Passion of Our Lord, according to the command given her at the foot of the Cross, “Woman, behold thy son” (St. John xix. 26). This was the fulfillment of the ancient oracle of the Old Testament, wherein it is said to Most Holy Mary, “Inhabit in Jacob, and inherit in Israel, and take root in Mine elect” (Ecclus. xxiv. 13).

    On Pentecost, the Blessed Virgin began fulfilling this role publicly for all mankind and for the Church in particular.
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    « Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 11:17:41 PM »
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    « Reply #4 on: June 12, 2011, 10:04:25 PM »
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  • Isaiah 11:1-5

    And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. [2] And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. [3] And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears. [4] But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: land he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. [5] And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins.

    In Summa Theologica II.II, Thomas Aquinas asserts the following correspondences between the seven Capital Virtues and the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

    The gift of wisdom corresponds to the virtue of charity.
    The gift of understanding corresponds to the virtue of faith.
    The gift of counsel (right judgement) corresponds to the virtue of prudence.
    The gift of courage corresponds to the virtue of fortitude.
    The gift of knowledge corresponds to the virtue of hope.
    The gift of Reverance corresponds to the virtue of justice.
    The gift of Wonder and Awe corresponds to the virtue of temperance.


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