Wow! Nine, just nine short days to Pentecost. Just nine short days until we remember how the Holy Spirit overshadowed the Church – the dazed disciples barricaded in the Upper Room. It’s astounding how fast the Easter Season has flown by. I hope you all have seized the opportunity to grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus Christ and His Mystical Body the Church. However, if you are like me – sitting in the dust and still wondering what happened to Advent – let us together try to make a real concerted effort to use these last nine days of the Easter Time to grow on a deeper level with Our Lord. Please join me in a Novena to the Holy Spirit. This is what Our Lord’s Apostles did, nearly two thousand years ago, between the time of His Ascension and the Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. What better example to follow than the one set by the very Apostles whom Christ set as the foundation for His Holy Catholic Church.
In the nine days before my Confirmation, I was encouraged by my mother to make a Novena to the Holy Spirit. I found this beautiful translation in a little prayer-book. As we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the Church’s Confirmation on Pentecost, please join me in praying this Novena to the Holy Spirit.
Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
“On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of You 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 from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your 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 You Adorable Spirit Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere ‘Speak Lord for Your servant is listening.’” Amen (To be recited daily during the Novena)
Novena to the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit
“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 Spirit 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 helps in our infirmity.’ We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asks for us.”
“Almighty and Eternal God, Who has vouchsafed to regenerate us by the water and the Holy Spirit, and has given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Your 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.
– Novena taken from Novena and Prayers to the Holy Spirit, Original Text by Daniel A. Lord, S.J., P. 2 & 3