Friday, May 22, 2009

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Why do Catholics make novenas? Because after Jesus ascended into heaven, the Apostles and the Blessed Mother waited in the Upper Room and prayed for nine days for the coming of the Holy Spirit. When we make a novena -- nine days of prayer for a particular intention -- we make an act of perseverance in prayer, and we honor and commemorate the original Novena: the infant Church's nine days of prayer between the Ascension and Pentecost.

Novena Prayer to the Holy Spirit

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

V. Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created,

R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of Your faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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