May 22, 2012

Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 6

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 – Romans 8:26-30

5. Short Reflection

6. Intercessions

Leader: Let us pray to the Holy Spirit, who is always capable of giving us all that we need in abundance, praying, O, Life–Force of Devotion, come and fill us. The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect, for His sake, persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority - His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. “Where there is love, there is no labour”.
Community: O, Life–Force of Devotion, come and fill us.
  • That we may rejoice in devotion to God and experience the sweetness of peace,
    Comm: O, Life–Force of Devotion, come and fill us.
  • That we may be transformed into people who worship God in Spirit and Truth,
    Comm: O, Life–Force of Devotion, come and fill us.
  • That we may obtain devotion to God, which is the source of all Wisdom, and the inspiration for us to perform all our actions according to the will of God,
    Comm: O, Life–Force of Devotion, come and fill us.
  • That we may join in prayer with the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us, strengthening us in all our weaknesses,
    Comm: O, Life–Force of Devotion, 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, give us the fruit of goodness. Help us to be a good example to others in everything we do and say, and never to do anything that would lead others astray. Keep our words honest, pure and sincere. Keep our actions fit for you to see. Keep all our thoughts clean and honest so that even the most secret of them would bear the full light of day. And in everything keep us from pride and from self-conceit, and help us to think, not of what we are, but of what we ought to be. Hear our prayer for Jesus’ sake.
Community: Amen.

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