Saturday, May 27, 2006

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Since I'm a day late in starting this Novena, it seems appropriate then to end it on Pentecost.

Day 1

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!

The Holy Spirit

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."


Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness 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.


Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.

Say the Glory Be seven times:

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.



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."



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.



Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Marie Cecile,

Good for you! It was the late (great) Cardinal Mercier who said that the secret to holiness was spending 5 minutes or more each day with the Holy Spirit. Thank you for posting that beautiful prayer to our soul's best friend.

By the way, have I told you that my mother's confirmation name is Marie and that she attended St. Cecilia's Parish in Leominster, Mass back in the 1930's and 1940's?

Perhaps it is providential that we have struck up a friendship?

God love you,

Marie Cecile said...

Dear Paul,

Your very welcome! Yes it is a beautiful prayer to our soul's best friend. Where he speaks quite nicely too.

No, this is the first time you mention it about your mother. Quite amazing! God has a nice way of showing us things.

I believe that. Divine Providence has a way of making itself known, and bringing about friendships. Since the beginning there has been coincidences with us. Perhaps God is guiding this friendship. Friends are a treasure, and looked upon as a gift from God. Thank You!

God Love You

Anonymous said...

Please tell me what science is spoken of in the prayer (day 1) of the novina to the Holy Spirit.

Thanks so much for posting this wonderful novent....

Marie Cecile said...

Dear anonymous,

To answer your question to what science is spoken in the prayer of this Novena on Day 1 of the Holy Spirit. It is to seek the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit, to pray to the Holy Spirit daily for our salvation. To enlighten our minds. I just found this so I apologize for not responding. I hope I was able to answer your question.

God Love You

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