May 17, 2012

Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 1

The novena in honour of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

The nine-day Novena to the Holy Spirit will be prayed collectively by Jesus Youth around the world in union with the Universal Church to invoke a renewed out pouring of the Holy Spirit. The traditional Novena has been modified to include special prayers for a ‘new anointing’ on the movement.


1. Come Holy Spirit

Leader: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Community: Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

2. Introductory Prayer

Leader: O God, of old you instructed the hearts of your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit. Give us this Holy Spirit; under His divine inspiration, may we have a sense of what is true and a taste for what is good, and always experience the fruit of His consolation. This we ask through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.

Community: Amen.

3. Prayer

Leader and Community: God the Father, Creator and Protector of all, we praise you. God the Son, who incarnated as man to show the world the love of the Father, we worship you. Jesus, we thank you for sending your Holy Spirit upon us to prepare us to acknowledge and believe that you are our Saviour and Lord. O, Holy Spirit, who, since the creation of the Universe, has been continuously renewing the face of the earth with your presence, we glorify you. You, who descended upon our Holy Mother and the apostles who had been prayerfully waiting in the House of Sion, come and fill this community with your presence. Fill the hearts you created with your divine graces. Enable us to fill our bodies, your dwelling places, with holiness. O, Holy Spirit, fountain of holiness and love, come and purify us. Give us the grace to know and believe in the Father, the Son and their Spirit, you, the Holy Spirit. Amen.

4. Word of God – John 14:15-26

5. Short Reflection

6. Intercessions

Leader: Let us all pray with faith and hope to the Holy Spirit, the Source of Wisdom, to come and fill us. It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savour, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: “Take up your cross and follow Me, for My yoke is sweet, and My burden light.” 

Community: O, Holy Spirit, Source of Wisdom, come and fill us.
  • That we may be filled with your strength, just as you descended upon the apostles on the day of Pentecost and strengthened them with your gifts and blessings,
    Comm: O, Holy Spirit, Source of Wisdom, come and fill us. 
  • That with your help and our faith in you, we may be filled with you and be witnesses for the Lord all over the world,
    Comm: O, Holy Spirit, Source of Wisdom, come and fill us. 
  • That we may be made aware of sin, justice and judgment, and that in this world full of evil, we may grow in truth and righteousness,
    Comm: O, Holy Spirit, Source of Wisdom, come and fill us. 
  • That we may lead our lives filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father,
    Comm: O, Holy Spirit, Source of Wisdom, come and fill us. 
  • That there is a greater outpouring of the Spirit in Jesus Youth Bangalore and we fill with missionary zeal,
    Comm: O, Holy Spirit, Source of Wisdom, come and fill us. 

7. Our Father

8. Prayer to Mary

Leader and Community: O Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, intercede for me to God the Father that I may be freed from my sins by the merits of the Precious Blood of your Divine Son, and that I may be filled with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Take away from me my sinful heart and give me the new heart that Almighty God promised through the prophet Ezekiel. “I will give them a new heart, and put a new spirit within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, so that they may follow my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them. Then they shall be my people and I will be their God.” (Ezekiel 11:19-20). Holy and loving Mother, intercede for me that I may be filled with the love of the Holy Spirit. Help me to be filled with the spirit of repentance, to abandon my sinful ways and be transformed into a new individual by the power of the Precious Blood of Jesus.

9. Concluding Prayer

Leader: O God, you give us the fruit of love. Help us to love you so much that we will never forget all that you have given us and all that you have done for us. Help us always to remember that you gave us life and everything that makes life worth living, and that you gave us Jesus as Friend, Master, and Saviour. Help us to love our fellow people so much that we will no longer be selfish and self-centred, but that we may find the way to happiness in doing things for others. This we ask in the name of Jesus.

Community: Amen.

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