Novena for Pentecost

DSC_0726.JPGAnnunciation Parish has been very busy this Easter season, with many receiving God’s graces in the Sacraments. Fifty of our high school teens received the fullness of the Holy Spirit through the hands of Archbishop John C. Wester in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Another seventy-three children made their first Holy Communion.  Forty-three other adults and children received Sacraments of Initiation at Easter Vigil. The Spirit is indeed moving! Thanks be to God!
The fifty days of Easter we celebrate concludes with Pentecost, and in the last nine days – Friday following Ascension Thursday* until Pentecost Sunday –  we take time to reflect on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. These nine days in honor 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 (Acts of the Apostles 1).
 
giftsThe novena begins Friday, May 6.  Prayers are offered daily leading up to Pentecost Sunday, May 15. 
In addition to the intention for each day, we pray:
  • Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit;
  • Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and
  • Glory Be seven times.
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 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 is listening.”
Amen.
Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your 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 Your 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 You 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, and 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 Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit.
Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
For the prayer intentions for each day in the novena, please see:
* In some parts of the US Catholic Conference, the feast of the Ascension is moved to Sunday, as is the case in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
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