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Novena to the Holy Ghost starts Fri. May 14
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  • NOVENA to the HOLY GHOST
    - Start Friday, May 14
    (9 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.

    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."

    Prayer
    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."

    Prayer
    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 labor.

    Prayer
    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."

    Prayer
    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."

    Prayer
    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."

    Prayer
    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."

    Prayer
    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."

    Prayer
    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.

    Prayer
    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

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    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).
    "Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and them that hate Him flee from before His Holy Face"  Psalm 67:2[/b]


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    Re: Novena to the Holy Ghost starts Fri. May 14
    « Reply #1 on: May 13, 2021, 10:32:26 PM »
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  • Miseremini - thank you so much for this beautiful novena.
    "In His wisdom," says St. Gregory, "almighty God preferred rather to bring good out of evil than never allow evil to occur."


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    Re: Novena to the Holy Ghost starts Fri. May 14
    « Reply #2 on: May 14, 2021, 07:52:14 PM »
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  • Blessed Mother and the apostles made the first novena starting the day after the ascension of Our Lord in preparation for the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.

    With all the trouble the world is in lately, all true Catholics might consider following their example.    :pray:
    "Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and them that hate Him flee from before His Holy Face"  Psalm 67:2[/b]


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    Re: Novena to the Holy Ghost starts Fri. May 14
    « Reply #3 on: May 14, 2021, 10:00:36 PM »
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  • I did day one . 😇
    To live with the Saints in Heaven is all bliss and glory....To live with the saints on Earth is just another story!  (unknown)


     

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