Devotion to the Holy Spirit

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting;  and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them.

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages
as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.

Acts 2:1- 4

DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is God, and Third Person of the Holy Trinity, really God, the same as the Father and the Son are really God. He is the love of the Father and the Son. Christ promised that this Spirit of Truth would come and would remain within us. “I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate—to dwell with you always: the Spirit of truth, Whom the world cannot accept, since it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you will know Him because He dwells with you and will be in you” (Jn 14:16-17).

The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, never to depart. Fifty days after Easter, on Pentecost Sunday, He changed the Apostles from weak fearful men to brave men of faith that Christ needed to spread His Gospel to the nations.

The Holy Spirit is present in a special way in the Church, the community of those who believe in Christ as Lord. He helps the Church to continue the work of Christ in the world. By His presence people are moved by His grace to unite themselves with God and men in sincere love and to fulfil their duties to God and man. He makes the Church pleasing to God because of the Divine life of grace which He gives. By the power of the Gospel He makes the Church grow.  He renews it with His gifts, and leads it to perfect union with Jesus.

The Holy Spirit guides the Pope, bishops and priests of the Church in their work of teaching Christ’s doctrine, guiding souls, and giving God’ s grace to the people through the Sacraments. He directs the mission of Christ in the Church - the care of the sick, the teaching of children, the guidance of youth, the comforting of the sorrowful, the support of those in poverty.

We should honour the Holy Spirit by loving Him as our God and by letting Him guide us in life. St. Paul reminds us to do so. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor3:16).

Since the Holy Spirit is always with us, if we are in the state of grace, we should often ask Him for the light and strength we need to live a holy life and help to save our soul.                         (Treasury of Novenas, New Jersey, 1986)

DAY ONE - PRAYER

The Spirit comes to the aid of our weak­ness; when we do not know what prayer to offer, to pray as we ought, the Spirit him­self intercedes for us, with groans beyond all utterance; and God, who can read our hearts, knows well what the Spirit’s intent is; for indeed it is according to the mind of God that he makes intercession for the saints. Romans 8:26-27

Come, Holy Spirit. Illumine me that I may more deeply come to know God and His works full of wisdom and mercy. Grant me the gift of discernment, and help me to recognize the will of God in his word and in the events of my life. Grant that I may find the light and strength for conversion and for the perfect imitation of Jesus Christ.

Prayers to be said every day of the Novena:

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come

From your bright heavenly throne!

Come, take possession of our souls,

And make them all your own!

You who are called the Paraclete,

Best gift of God above,

The living spring, the living fire,

Sweet unction, and true love!

You who are sevenfold in your grace,

Finger of God’s right hand,

His promise, teaching little ones

To speak and understand!

O guide our minds with your blest light,

With love our hearts inflame,

And with your strength which ne’er decays

Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our hellish foe,

True peace unto us bring,

And through all perils guide us safe

Beneath your sacred wing.

Through you may we the Father know,

Through you, the eternal Son,

And you, the Spirit of them both,

Thrice-blessed Three in one.

 

All glory to the Father be,

And to the risen Son;

The same to you, O Comforter,

While endless ages run. Amen.

Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be cre­ated. And you will renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray. O God, you instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit. Grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may always be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Amen.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

O Holy Spirit, divine Spirit of light and love, I consecrate to You my understanding, my heart and my will, my whole being for time and for eternity. May my understanding be always submissive to Your heavenly inspirations and to the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church, of which You are the infallible Guide.

May my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of my neighbour; may my will be ever conformed to the divine Will, and may my whole life be a faithful imitation of the life and virtues of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and You, Holy Spirit, be honour and glory forever. Amen.        (St. Pius X, June 5, 1908)

DAY TWO - WISDOM

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. You will be wit­nesses to all the world. Acts 1:8

Blessed Spirit of Wisdom, help me to seek God. Make Him the centre of my life and order my life to Him, so that love and harmony may reign in my soul.

Come, Holy Spirit ... Act of Consecration ....

DAY THREE - UNDERSTANDING

I will send you the Spirit of truth; he will lead you to the complete truth. John 16:7.13

Blessed Spirit of Understanding, enlighten my mind, that I may know and love the truths of faith and make them truly my own.

Come, Holy Spirit ... Act of Consecration ....

 

DAY FOUR - COUNSEL

The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. John 14:26

Blessed Spirit of Counsel, enlighten and guide me in all my ways, that I may always know and do Your holy Will. Make me prudent and courageous.

Come, Holy Spirit ... Act of Consecration ....

 

DAY FIVE - FORTITUDE

When the Holy Spirit comes to you, the Spirit whom I shall send, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me, and you also will be my witnesses. John 15:26-27

Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in every time of trouble or adversity. Make me loyal and confident.

Come, Holy Spirit ... Act of Consecration ....

 

DAY SIX - KNOWLEDGE

God saved us through the washing by which the Holy Spirit gives us new birth and new life. For God abundantly poured out the Holy Spirit on us through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that by his grace we might be made right with God and come into the possession of the eternal life we hope for. Titus 3:5b-7

Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, help me to know good from evil. Teach me to do what is right in the sight of God. Give me clear vision and firmness in decision.

Come, Holy Spirit ... Act of Consecration ....

 

DAY SEVEN - PIETY

Learn to live and move in the Spirit; then there is no danger of your giving way to the impulses of corrupt nature. The Spir­it yields a harvest of love, joy, peace, pa­tience, kindness, generosity, forbearance, gentleness, faith, courtesy, temperateness, purity. Since we live by the Spirit, let the Spirit be our rule of life. Galatians 5:16. 22a. 25

Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart, incline it to a true faith in You, to a holy love of You, my God, that with my whole soul I may seek You and find You, my best, my truest joy.

Come, Holy Spirit ... Act of Consecration ....

 

DAY EIGHT - HOLY FEAR

The Holy Spirit will give glory to me, because he takes my words from me and will hand them on to you. John 16:14

Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart that I may ever be mindful of Your presence. Make me fly from sin, and give me intense reverence for God and for my fellow men who are made in God’s image.

Come, Holy Spirit ... Act of Consecration ....

 

DAY NINE - UNITY

Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives, by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body and one Spirit, just as there is one hope to which God has called you. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; there is one God and Father of all men, who is Lord of all, works through all, and is in all. Ephesians 4:3-6

Grant us, almighty God, that your Church may always remain that holy people, formed as one by the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which manifests to the world the Sacrament of your holiness and unity and leads it to the perfection of your charity.

Come, Holy Spirit ... Act of Consecration ....

 

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