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NOVENA TO THE
HOLY SPIRIT

Recite the appropriate prayer for each day...

Then, recite the final prayers at the bottom of the page.

DAY ONE The Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit! Lord of light ! From Thy clear celestial height, Thy pure beaming radiance give! 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 helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us." Prayer Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness of all our sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Thy 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. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times) Act Of Consecration To The Holy Spirit. Prayer For The Seven Gifts Of The Holy Spirit.
DAY TWO The Gift Of Fear
Come, Thou Father of the poor! Come, with treasures which endure! Come, Thou Light of all that live! The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by Sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls." Prayer Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times)
DAY THREE The Gift Of Piety.
Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast Dost refreshing peace bestow. The gift of Piety begets 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. Prayer 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. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times)
DAY FOUR The Gift Of Fortitude.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet Pleasant coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe. By the gift of Fortitude, the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved." Prayer Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times)
DAY FIVE The Gift Of Knowledge.
Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill. The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth, in relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it." Prayer Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times)
DAY SIX The Gift Of Understanding.
If Thou take Thy grace away, Nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill. 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." Prayer 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. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times)
DAY SEVEN The Gift Of Counsel.
Heal our wounds -- our strength renew; On our dryness pour Thy dew; Wash the stains of guilt away! The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth." Prayer Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times)
DAY EIGHT The Gift Of Wisdom.
Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray! Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written, "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior, "Take up thy cross and follow Me, for My yoke is sweet, and My burden light." Prayer Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all passing joys and satisfactions of the earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times)
DAY NINE The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit.
Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee adore, In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend: Give them comfort when they die; Give them life with Thee on high; Give them joy which never ends. Amen. The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruit of the Holy Spirit. These fruit in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign. Prayer Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruit, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen. Recite the following prayers... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (7 times)

Third, recite the following closing prayers.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

V. Come, O Holy Spirit, 
   fill the hearts of Thy faithful, 
   and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. 

R. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. 

V. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth 

V. Let us pray

   Oh God Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful 
   by the light of the Holy Spirit, 
   grant us in the same Spirit 
   to be truly wise and to ever rejoice in His consolations, 
   through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
  
   Amen.

INDULGENCES:

When the Novena in honour of the Holy Spirit is done before the feast of Pentecost, the faithful may gain:

An indulgence of 10 years on any day of the novena.

A Plenary indulgence, if they take part in at least five of the exercises; and moreover go to confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the Holy Father's intentions.

When making a private novena in honor of the Holy Spirit, either before Pentecost or at any other time in the year, the faithful may gain:

An indulgence of 7 years on any day of this novena.

A Plenary indulgence under the usual conditions; but if a public novena is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are prevented with valid reason from being part in the same.



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