NOVENA from ASCENSION to PENTECOST DAY TWO – SATURDAY 27 MAY
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 the love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, because the Spirit comes to us in our needs. When we don’t know what to say, it is the Spirit who speaks within us.
The Gift of Fear
The gift of Fear fills us with a profound respect for God and makes us continually avoid the weakness of sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell but the living presence of God within us and a desire to respond to His immense love for us. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from immersing ourselves in the 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.”
Come and fill me, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear. Penetrate my inmost heart so that I may honour, obey and prefer You and my Lord Jesus and my Father God above all else. Help me to despise all things that offend You and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of your Divine Majesty in heaven, where you live and reign forever in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity. Amen
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father
The following Three Prayers to be recited daily during the Novena
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
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 inspirations. I give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Mindful of the wounds of Jesus and with trust in His Precious Blood I implore You, Holy Spirit, Helper in my need, 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 your servant is listening.” Amen
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of Your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created,
and You will renew the face of the earth.
Father, You taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of the Holy Spirit. In that Spirit give us right judgement and the joy of His comfort and guidance.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Lord Jesus Christ, before you ascended into heaven You promised to send the Holy Spirit to bring to completion Your work in the hearts, minds and lives of Your Apostles and Disciples. Fill me with the presence of the same Holy Spirit that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may never be bound to the passing things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal.
Fill me with:
the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth,
the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven,
the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear the crosses of my life 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 imitation of the Saints,
the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God joyful and desirable and
the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and avoid all that would displease Him.
Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and help me to grow and live in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.