Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts
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 joys which never end.
THE FRUITS of the HOLY SPIRIT
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues, by enabling us to practiSe 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 becomes more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits, in turn, render the practise of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts, in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Your heavenly fruits, Your charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness and temperance, that I may never weary of the service of God but by continued faithful submission, to Your inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with You, in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen
Our Father and Hail Mary – ONCE. Glory be to the Father – SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT To be recited daily during the Novena
On my knees, I, before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, 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, 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, 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, t o 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 hears.” Amen
One Minute Reflection – 4 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – The Vigil of Pentecost – Acts 19:1-8, John 14:15-21.
“But you shall know Him because He shall abide with you and shall be in you.” – John 14:17
REFLECTION – “The Holy Spirit is the wheat that comforts us along the road to the Fatherland, the wine that gives us joy in tribulation, the oil that sweetens life’s sorrows. This threefold support was needed by the Apostles, who had to go out to preach through the whole world. This is why Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to them. They are filled with Him – filled, so that no impure spirits might gain entrance into them for when a container is completely full nothing else can be put into it.
The Holy Spirit “will teach you” (Jn 16,13) so that you can know; he will prompt you so that you can will. He gives both knowledge and will add to this our “ability” according to the measure of our strength and we shall be temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6,19).” – St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Church (Sermons for Sundays and the Feasts of the Saints).
PRAYER – Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the brightness of Thy glory may shine upon us and may the light of Thy Light may, through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, strengthen the minds of those who are reborn through Thy grace. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen (Collect).
Breathe in Me, O Holy Spirit By St Augustine (354-420)
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen
Our Morning Offering – 4 June – The Vigil of Pentecost
Come O Holy Spirit! By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Most Zealous Doctor
You made Mary full of grace and inflamed the hearts of the Apostles with a holy zeal, enflame our hearts with Your love. You are the Spirit of goodness, give us the courage to confront evil. You are Fire, set us ablaze with Your Love. You are Light, enlighten our minds, that we may see what is truly igood and true. You are the Dove, give us gentleness. You are a Soothing Breeze, bring calm to the storms which rage within us. You are the Tongue, may our lips ever sing God’s praises You are the Cloud, shelter us under the shadow of Your protection. O Holy Spirit, melt the frozen, warm the chilled and enkindle in us, an earnest desire to please You. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Saint of the Day – 4 June – Saint Petroc of Cornwall (Died c 594) Confessor, Abbot, Missionary, Miracle-worker, Founder of Monasteries and Churches, Prince. Petroc also had a great affinity with all animals and had a permanet wolf companion. Born in Wales mid to late Wales and died at Treravel, Padstow, Cornwall (in modern England) of natural causes whilst travelling. Patronages – • Bodmin, Cornwall • Caernarfonshire, Wales • Cornwall, England • Devon, England • Exeter, Devonshire, England • Hollacombe, Devonshire, England • Little Petherick, Cornwall • Nansfenten, Cornwall • Llanbedrog, Wales • Lydford, Devonshire, England • Newton Saint Petrock, Devonshire, England • Padstow, Cornwall • Saint-Méen, France • South Brent, Devonshire, England • Trevalga, Cornwall • West Anstey, Devonshire, England. Also known as – Petrock, Pedrog, Perreuse, Perreux, Petrocus, Petrox.
The most venerated Saint in Cornwall, who is considered to be one of the main Apostles of the region, is St Petroc, who together with the Archangel St Michael and St.Piran, has, for many centuries been the Patron Saint of Cornwall.
An early manuscript describes Petroc as “handsome, courteous in speech, prudent, modest, burning with unceasing love, always ready for all good works for the Church.”
A great deal is known about St Petroc, there having been two ‘Lives of Petroc‘ written in the middle ages and discovered in comparatively recent times in a library in Paris. A translation of the text of ‘The Vita Petroci,‘ written in the 12th century, was published in 1930, called ‘St Petroc, Abbot and Confessor.‘
He was the younger son of King Glywys in Wales. On his father’s death, he was offered the Crown of part of the Kingdom but Petroc wanted to study for a religious life and went to Ireland with a small band of followers.
Having been educated in an Irish Monastery, the major seats of learning in those days ‘Vita Petroci’ describes their stay in Ireland. They then set pit to spread the good news of the Gospel. The winds and tides brought them to the Padstow estuary. Almost immediately, Petroc began to build at the top of the creek, first a Church, and then other buildings, in imitation of the Irish Monasteries, to make a complete Monastery with a school, infirmary, library, farm and cells for the Monks. Having established the Monastery and Church here, Petroc travelled widely, founding many Churches, first in Little Petherick and Bodmin and then in many parts of England, Wales and Brittany.
The Celtic King Constantine, ruled this area at that time and was converted to Christianity by Petroc, when the Saint rescued the deer that the King was hunting. There are many legends and tales about him of miracles, healings, wonderful miracles involving animals and the banishing of demons.
After about 30 years evangelising the region, Petroc travelled to Rome and Brittany. He returned to Britain and as he reached Newton Saint Petroc (in Devon), it began to rain. Petroc predicted it would soon stop but it rained unceasingly, for three days. As a self-imposed penance for presuming to predict God’s weather, Petroc made a penitent pilgrimage on bare feet, returning initially to Rome, then to Jerusalem, then to India where he lived seven years on an island in the Indian Ocean.
When he finally returned to Cornwall, Petroc moved still deeper into the Cornish countryside, where he discovered St Guron living in a humble cell. Guron gave up his hermitage and moved south, allowing Petroc, with the backing of King Constantine, to establish a second large Monastery called Bothmena (Bodmin – the Abode of Monks).
Petroc eventually died at Treravel, while travelling between Little Petherick and Padstow and was buried at Padstow. The Monks there later removed themselves, along with Petroc’s relics, to Bodmin, where his beautiful Norman casket Reliquary can still be seen today.
St Petroc gave his name to Padstow (Petroc’s – stow) and to Little Petherick [between Padstow and Wadebridge]. He was the Founder of Bodmin, which, for some time was an Abbey-Bishopric and remained the religious capital of Cornwall up to the end of the Middle Ages.
St Francis Caracciolo CRM (1563-1608) Priest, Co-Founder of the Congregation of the Clerics Regular Minor with Venerable John Augustine (1551-1587) the “Adorno Fathers,” Confessor, Apostle of the Eucharistic Adoration. His body was given enough preparation for a long journey to Naples. Truly, God has left His own sign on him. When the body was lanced, the blood spouted a red and scented fluid and his vital organs were incorrupt. Around his heart were printed the words of the Psalm: “The zeal of your house consumes me” (Ps 69:10). Wow!: https://anastpaul.com/2020/06/04/saint-of-the-day-4-june-saint-francis-caracciolo-crm-1563-1608/
St Aldegrin of Baume St Alexander of Verona St Alonio St Aretius of Rome Bl Boniface of Villers St Breaca of Cornwall St Buriana of Cornwall St Christa of Sicily St Clateus of Brescia St Cornelius McConchailleach St Croidan St Cyrinus of Aquileia St Dacian of Rome St Degan St Edfrith of Lindisfarne St Elsiar of Lavedan St Ernin of Cluain Bl Francis Ronci Bl Margaret of Vau-le-Duc St Medan Bl Menda Isategui St Metrophanes of Byzantium St Nennoc St Nicolo of Sardinia St Optatus of Milevis
St Petroc of Cornwall (Died c 594) Abbot St Quirinus of Croatia St Quirinus of Tivoli St Rutilus of Sabaria Saturnina of Arras St Trano of Sardinia St St Walter of Fontenelle Walter of Serviliano
Martyrs of Cilicia – 13 Saints: A group of 13 Christians who were Martyred together. The only details about them that have survived are their names – • Cama• Christa• Crescentia• Eiagonus• Expergentus• Fortunus• Italius • Jucundian• Julia• Momna• Philip• Rustulus• Saturnin They were martyred in in Cilicia, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey), date unknown
Martyrs of Nyon – 41 Saints: A group of 41 Christians Martyred together for refusing to sacrifice to imperial Roman idols. We know the names of some but no other details. • Amatus• Attalus• Camasus• Cirinus• Dinocus• Ebustus• Euticus• Eutychius • Fortunius• Galdunus• Julia• Quirinus• Rusticus• Saturnina• Saturninus • Silvius• Uinnita• Zoticus Martyred by being beheaded in Noviodunum (modern Nyon, Switzerland).