Novena to The Holy Spirit begins May 15th, 2015

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Opening Prayers

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love. Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created. And thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Amen

Let us pray:

O God, thou has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Prayers for The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Day One – Spirit of Wisdom, preside over all my thoughts, words and actions, so that in all things I may love God for His own sake above all things. Amen.

V. Holy Mary, Seat of Wisdom, R. Pray for us.

Day Two – Spirit of Understanding, teach and enlighten me, so that I may never waver in my faith, but enjoy true peace of mind and heart.

V. Holy Mary, Queen of Peace, R. Pray for us.

Day Three – Spirit of Knowledge, teach me how to look at things in their true light, so that I may not be bound by earthly attachments, but ever rejoice in thy heavenly comforts.

V. Holy Mary, Cause of our Joy, R. Pray for us.

Day Four – Spirit of Counsel, grant that I may always seek thy guidance, that my thoughts and actions may be informed by good judgment, and that whenever my advice is sought by others, it will be offered with kindness, prudence, truth, and in accordance with God’s will.

V. Mother of Good Counsel, R. Pray for us. 

Day Five – Spirit of Fortitude, strengthen my weakness, so that I may never be discouraged by obstacles in the path of holiness and virtue, but may willingly accept the trials and difficulties of this life.

V. Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, R. Pray for us.

Day Six – Spirit of Piety, implant in my soul filial love toward God my heavenly Father, and brotherly love for all, so that I may delight in the service of God and my neighbor.

V. Mother of God, our Mother, R. Pray for us.

Day Seven – Spirit of Holy Fear, keep me mindful of the infinite Majesty of God, keep me from all selfish desires and evil actions, that I may humbly serve God and others with a clean heart and clear mind.

V. Immaculate Mary, Help of Christians,  R. Pray for us.

Day Eight – O Divine Comforter, we come to thee in our trouble and distress. In the name of Jesus, our Redeemer, come to our assistance and console us in all our trials and sufferings. Amen.

Day Nine – Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, come into our hearts; give to all people the brightness of thy light, that they may be pleasing to thee in the unity of faith. Amen.

Concluding Prayers

Saint Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, sweet Hope of the afflicted, Descend this day into my heart and establish therein thine amiable empire. Enkindle in my soul — alas! so tepid! — the salutary flames of thy love, that I may be inflamed and that my soul and body may be subject to thee. I believe that when thou dwellest in us, thou dost prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Deign then to come to me.

Come, O sweet Consoler of abandoned souls!

Come, O Protector of those who are in need!

Succor of the afflicted, come and purify me; suffer no evil desire to take possession of me; heal all my wounds.

Come to me, Strength of the weak, Support of the wavering;

Come to me, O thou who lovest the humble and resistest the proud;

Come to me, Hope of the needy, Father of orphans;

Come to me, Star that guidest the mariner in his way, and offerest a secure harbor to the shipwrecked;

Come to me, True glory of the living, sole hope of the dying;

Make me all that thou wishest me to be, and conduct me by thy grace, so that I may be ever pleasing to thee.  Amen.

Closing Prayer

May the power of the Holy Spirit ever be with us, we beseech thee, O God. Cleanse our hearts and save us from all dangers; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end.  Amen.

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