Hello everyone! I am sorry to keep you up this late, I do apologize. Well since I am composing this post after the sun as dipped below the horizon and the nocturnal animals – not myself – are all waking up, this post is probably not going to be my most intellectual composition. Please feel free, if you are finding this introductory paragraph to be mindless babble, to skip down to the Novena.
This Sunday, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Ascension. We recall how Jesus Christ, forty days after His Resurrection, Ascended by His own power to His throne in Heaven. Yet He did not abandon His disciples on earth. No, rather, nine days after His glorious Ascension, Our Lord sent the Holy Spirit – the promised Advocate – to guard and guide the Pilgrim Church on earth. The Holy Spirit descended upon the Church on Pentecost.
In the time between the Ascension and Pentecost, the Apostles barricaded themselves in the upper room and prayed. The prepared for the coming of the Holy Spirit by making a Novena, nine consecutive days of prayer. With the Solemnity of Pentecost just seven days away, why not follow their example and join in praying the Third Day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit?
Novena to the Holy Spirit
The Gift of Piety
“The gift of Piety produces 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.”
“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 (see Novena to the Holy Spirit (Day 1))
Prayer for the Seven Gifts
“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 & 6