The novena in honour of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit 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 and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.
Here are the novena prayers for the Novena to the Holy Spirit that we will be praying together for Pentecost!
On 11th May 2018 we start The Novena before The Pentecost Sunday, and we will praise the Lord and call The Holy Spirit to renew our hearts and this earth. ALL are VERY WELCOME – please share and welcome others!!!:
|11th May 2018 FRIDAY||7.45PM||1st Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||St Swithun’s Catholic Church (105 Waverley Rd, Southsea|
|12th May 2018 SATURDAY||7.45PM||2nd Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH (Bransbury Road, Portsmouth PO4 9JY);|
|13th May 2018 SUNDAY||7.45PM||3rd Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5JH|
|14th May 2018 MONDAY||7.45PM||4th Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PA;|
|15th May 2018 TUESDAY||7.45PM||5th Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||St Swithun’s Catholic Church (105 Waverley Rd, Southsea|
|16th May 2018 WEDNESDAY||7.45PM||6th Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||Farlington Marshes Wildlife – Reserve, Farlington, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 1UN|
|17th May 2018 THURSDAY||7.45PM||7th Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 8YW – Sanderling Rod (Bus Station)|
|18th May 2018 FRIDAY||7.45PM||8th Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||St Swithun’s Catholic Church (105 Waverley Rd, Southsea|
|19th May 2018 SATURDAY||7.45PM||VIGIL of PENTECOST 9TH Day of the Novena before the Pentecost Sunday||St Swithun’s Catholic Church (105 Waverley Rd, Southsea|
|20th May 2018 – PENTECOST SUNDAY||3.00PM||PENTECOST SUNDAY – Descending of the Holy Spirit: HOLY HOUR||St Swithun’s Catholic Church (105 Waverley Rd, Southsea|
To be recited daily during the Novena
“On my knees I 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 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, 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 heareth.” Amen.
If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn’d to ill.
The Gift of Understanding
Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, 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 in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts
Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate.
Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Faithfulness within us.
You, oh Lord, are ever faithful. You are faithful until the end. Though we are weak and distracted, please give us the grace to be faithful to You as you are to us!
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 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,
This particular novena was written specifically for PrayMoreNovenas.com and it is based on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and a desire for sainthood.
It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that someone can become a Saint. We can not save ourselves and it is only by the grace of God that we are saved. So, we must rely completely on the power of the Holy Spirit and the death of Our Lord Jesus. That is the essence of this novena.
The Pentecost novena is really THE original novena. The disciples waited in unity and prayer for the Holy Spirit for nine days after Jesus’ ascension to heaven. Jesus asked them to pray constantly in the upper room until the descent of the Holy Spirit.
“They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” – Acts 1:14